Paying child support is something that almost all non-custodial parents are responsible for doing. Making sure that you understand the child support order and following it is imperative to ensure that the children are properly taken care of. Failing to pay child support is also something that can come back to haunt you later in life.

A man who was recently elected to the Waco school board is having to face his back child support now. He currently has an unpaid child support balance of over $45,000. The man does acknowledge that he owes the money. He says that he has a son from a one-time liaison with a woman who was 15 years old at the time. That was 19 years ago.

The man says he is working with the attorney general’s office to pay for the debt. His son’s mother says she doesn’t want his money. Instead, she only wants him to be a father his child. She says that her mother made her file for the child support.

County records show that a lien has been placed against his assets, but the man says he isn’t aware of that. He says he and his family live in his grandmother’s home. He says he doesn’t have any assets for them to take.

He says he is unaware of the civil judgments. He was ordered to serve 180 days in jail on each count of civil contempt of court from 2009. The sentence was suspended, and he was placed on civil probation for a term of 10 years.

The president of the board for the Waco Independent School District wasn’t aware of the man’s child support issues, so he didn’t have a comment about the issue. A spokesman, however, says that the man will take his seat on the board because he was duly elected and past problems don’t stop him from serving. The man says his child support troubles don’t reflect his ability to serve on the board.

This case shows how important it is for child support to be paid. This man is now facing scrutiny from his failure to support his child. He also had civil consequences for his actions. His son also had to be raised without that financial support. Anyone who is facing child support issues should make sure that he or she takes the necessary steps to get the support the child needs.

Source: WacoTrib.com, “New Waco ISD board member Murphy owes $45,000 in child support” Tommy Witherspoon, May. 14, 2014