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Solving unpaid child support issues through modification

Being a professional athlete and playing for a well-known basketball team in the National Basketball Association may be a dream come true for many Pennsylvania residents. Many readers are aware of the fame of Allen Iverson, a former player of the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately, Iverson's bright career has faded, leaving him with controversy because of failure to pay child support.

According to sources, the former Philadelphia 76ers star cannot afford to pay his child support. Iverson's ex-wife asked the court to make him place his unpaid child support in a trust fund for his children. His former spouse requested a lump sum amount of his child support payments. The ex-NBA player reportedly owed $1,272,000 in unpaid child support.

However, Iverson argued that he can no longer afford the amount of child support in the court order. Unlike his former career, where he earned an estimated $140 million, the ex-NBA player has not played in the league since 2010. He stated that the only source of income left is his Reebok deal.

Raising a child can be expensive, considering the increasing cost of child care and other living expenses. However, it is the right of children to receive financial support from their parents. Whether the child's parent is divorced or unmarried, paying child support is the parent's obligation. Failing to pay may result in certain consequences such as license suspension, tax refund interception or wage garnishment.

Sometimes, however, where the non-custodial parents cannot afford the child support amount, the parent may request child support modification from the court. Modifying a child support order to reduce the amount may be granted, provided that the supporting parents are experiencing certain circumstances that prevent them from meeting the child support payments. Such situations may include a medical disability, job loss or some other change in income.

Source: Las Vegas Guardian, "Broke Allen Iverson Can't Play Ball or Pay Child Support [video]," Cherese Jackson, Sept. 15, 2013

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