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Reality TV star owes more than $1 million in back child support

Even famous people run afoul of the law when they fail to comply with child support guidelines. Reality star Steven Jordan, known to many Michigan residents for his role on "Love & Hip Hop," has been arrested for failing to make monthly payments for his child support. Official reports show that the man has failed to pay a whopping $1.1 million for his teenage children who live in Pennsylvania with their mother.

Celebrity status certainly does not confer immunity to prosecution for failing to make monthly payments. Jordan was arrested in Atlanta in connection with the allegations, but he will likely have to face a judge in New York for the charges associated with his child support issues. The man apparently makes about $27,000 per month for his role on the VH-1 reality show.

So far, it appears that the man has had more than $18,000 garnished from his reality-TV paychecks. However, that is a paltry sum compared to the massive child support debt that is hanging over the man's head. In total, the man's wages have been garnished to the tune of more than $40,000. He had agreed in New York in 1999 to pay about $6,600 per month to his ex-girlfriend; that amount was later increased.

Jordan is still in custody awaiting a bail hearing to determine whether he will be released. The man's defense attorney has not yet spoken to the media. This situation demonstrates the serious nature of the penalties that can result when someone fails to make on-time child support payments. This celebrity likely has the financial resources to be making his payments; however, there are parents who struggle for a variety of reasons to meet their support obligations. Both parents deserve to be treated fairly in court with regards to any child support decision.

Source: New York Post, "Reality star Stevie J owes more than $1M in child support" David K. Li, Jun. 10, 2014

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