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New York child support: Dominic Raiola faces court action

New York sports fans may be familiar with NFL center Dominic Raiola. What few may know is that he faces claims in court documents that he is is behind on his child support payments. According to those court documents, the NFL player is two months past due.

Back in Feb. 2007, Dominic Raiola's wife was pregnant with the couple's third child. At the same time, Raiola became the father of another woman's child out of wedlock. The woman listed Raiola as the child's father on the birth certificate.

Raiola subsequently acknowledged that he was the father of the child in an Affidavit of Parentage. At the same time, Raiola and the mother negotiated a child support agreement setting Raiola's support payments at $14,526 per month. It is alleged that Raiola has not made his November and December payments, which has prompted the current court action. Raiola reportedly has not responded to requests for comment.

In today's economy, it's not uncommon for some non-custodial parents in New York to have trouble meeting their support obligations. Unfortunately, such inability to pay creates a trickle-down effect since the receiving parent's income is then reduced by the amount of support they are not receiving. And the child then may suffer.

Child support agreements are not set in stone, and it is possible to modify those agreements so long as any changes are in writing and approved by the court. Conversely, any custodial parent that is not receiving their monthly child support has the right to enforce a support agreement.

Modifying an existing agreement to lower payments, if even for a set amount of time, may be the best solution for both parents when there has been a substantial change in circumstances. For many parents, having the opportunity to receive at least some amount of support on a regular basis may be preferable to receiving none at all.

Source: NBC Sports ProFootballTalk, "Dominic Raiola accused of not paying child support," Josh Alper, Dec. 19, 2012