When it comes to non-custodial parents who fail to fulfill their child support obligations, Louisiana officials do not issue preferential treatment. Whether that non-custodial parent is unemployed or a famous actor or musician, everyone in Louisiana is expected to pay this court-issued sum to help pay for the essentials of a child's day-to-day life.
One famous rapper is learning this the hard way. Louisiana officials are targeting a famous rapper who performs under the name Juvenile. The state determined that the performer was very much behind on the child support payments for his 13-year-old son, and now faces jail time because of it.
According to Louisiana records, Juvenile is behind on child support payments by more than $160,000. Juvenile allegedly has not issued a child support payment in the last five years. His last payment was issued in December of 2006.
Louisiana dishes harsh punishment when it comes to child support payments. Any father that is chronically negligent when it comes to making this payment can expect to be placed behind bars for the offense. Because of this, the famed rapper has a warrant out for his arrest and faces 90 days of incarceration.
A Louisiana judge recently stated that if Juvenile will issue a payment of at least $50,000, he can avoid going to jail. This would also give the rapper a chance to gather the rest of the money and issue it to the child's custodial mother.
This whole ordeal is news to the rapper, though. Juvenile claimed that he had no idea there was a warrant out for his arrest. He also contended that he takes very good care of his son and that his son spends a good amount of time in his care.
Juvenile said he plans to fight the allegations that he owes that much money in unpaid child support. He also took great exception to what he considered to be premature and inaccurate media reports. Juvenile said his lawyer would handle the matter.
Source: GossipOnThis.com, "Juvenile facing 90 days in jail for failing to pay almost $200k in child support," Feb. 24, 2012