Child support is often an issue that many people would hope could be resolved
behind closed doors. Unfortunately, if you are serving in a very public
job, word can easily get out when there is an issue of
child support in New York. As one member of a school board in New York found out this week, publicity
of child support issues can definitely have an impact on a person's work.
The man's ex-wife supposedly contacted the school board that he was
elected to and a local newspaper to tell them about his missed child support
payments. According to a report the man allegedly didn't pay nearly
$67,000 in child support over the past several years. This can be detrimental
to a person's reputation, as well as the wellbeing of the child.
While sometimes people think that publicity will help get a person to make
support payments, it can also hurt the child by being exposed to this
publicity. The man told the newspaper that he will make good on his promises,
and the wife told the paper that she didn't think he was fit to serve
on the school board.
Whatever happens with his position on the school board, it can be important
to consult with an attorney before speaking about child support issues
with an ex-spouses employer or a newspaper. Child support can often be
necessary to ensure the child has a proper upbringing, but resolving a
child support issue can be very sensitive, so it is important to seek
the help of an attorney with experience to deal with child support issues.
Source: Times Union, "Shen board member owes child support," Dennis Yusko, May 1, 2012