Candidate’s delinquent child support comes to light

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Missouri voters may be under the false impression that political candidates are sometimes above the law. This is not the case, because people running for office are subject to the same laws and penalties as everyone else. When it comes to light that a candidate has failed to pay his or her child support, it may cost him or her votes.

Recently, it became public knowledge that Steve West, a Republican candidate running for a Missouri House seat and host of a popular radio show, was found to be about $12,000 behind on his child support. Steve had previously fallen behind, and the court and his ex-wife agreed to lower his payment amount so he could catch up. He again fell behind, and had to return to court and pay arrears.

Mr. West is running on a platform that boasts family values, but his delinquency to his own children has some voters questioning his motives. When a person does not pay his or her child support, it can tarnish one’s reputation. It is important for parents to do all they can to comply with court-ordered child support arrangements.

If a person needs help establishing or modifying an order for child support, it may be helpful to seek assistance from an experienced attorney. An attorney is familiar with the legal process for child support matters and can help a client navigate the court system. With the aid of an attorney, parents may feel more confident that they are in compliance with the law and providing proper support to their children.

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