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Retired MLB player pursued for delinquent child support

In Florida, whether a parent is involved in a child's life or not, there are still legal requirements for the child's financial needs that must be met. If it is a person is ordered to pay to support the child and does not do so, there can be a charge of failure to pay child support and a whole host of problems. Of course, it is preferable that a parent pay child support willingly, but unfortunately, that does not always happen. Custodial parents who are pursuing a supporting parent for payment should make certain that they understand the steps they need to take with help from a qualified attorney.

A former pitcher for the Miami Marlins and other teams in Major League Baseball was being pursued by process servers in Florida for debts he owes. Livan Hernandez, 42, was back in town to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Marlins, but quickly fled to avoid being served. Mr. Hernandez is alleged to have fathered a daughter in 2003. He was sued for paternity by the child's mother and never appeared in court. As a result, a judge decided that Mr. Hernandez owes the woman more than $1,300 in monthly child support and $10,000 retroactively. According to her, he has yet to pay anything.

In addition to the child support issue, Mr. Hernandez is alleged to have borrowed money for a short-term loan from a local businessman and never paid him back. The amount, $220,000, was requested by Mr. Hernandez to pay some debts. The man who loaned the money did so three years ago and has not received any money in return. A judgment of default was entered because, again, Mr. Hernandez did not go to court. Since it was discovered that Mr. Hernandez continues to receive money from the Marlins, an attempt has been made to garnish those payments.

As this case shows, failure to pay child support and other financial issues can affect anyone. The courts do not discriminate nor show favor to someone who might have been a sports hero in the past. Similarly, a person who works a regular job will not be treated any differently. If there is a problem with delinquent payments, there are penalties that will be assessed against the parent. For a custodial parent who is not having the financial needs of a child met, a lawyer can be helpful to pursue the other parent to get what is owed.

Source: Miami Herald, "Creditors trying to chase down Marlins hero Livan Hernandez," Jose Lambiet, April 28, 2017

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