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Failure to pay child support could mean harsh penalties

All parents have an obligation to support their children financially. These days, it often takes two incomes to make ends meet and provide necessities for the family. When parents separate, going from two incomes to one could lead to children suffering and lacking basic needs. Luckily, the state of Arizona has child support laws that require the noncustodial parent to give economic support to their children. All parents, even celebrities, must obey laws or face harsh punishment.

A child support dispute between television star Nicole Curtis and her ex, Shane Maguire, recently made headlines. According to reports, Maguire has failed to pay over $6,000 in child support and has been ordered to appear in court. The former couple, who have a 3-year-old son together, had previously reached an agreement on joint custody of their son.

Prior to this agreement, it was reported that Curtis was receiving about $1,200 in child support. If Maguire fails to prove why he has not paid, he could possibly be held in contempt of court. He could also be arrested if he fails to show up for the court proceedings.

Celebrities are often held to a higher standard, but like all citizens, celebrities must obey laws or face the consequences. The number one concern for all parents should be the health and well-being of their children. Child support laws help ensure that children have the financial support that they need. Those in Arizona who have questions about child support laws should consult a legal representative. An attorney experienced in family law could provide answers and much-needed guidance.

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