Couples who divorce in high-asset divorces are often required to pay large sums of money for spousal maintenance or child support. The terms of the spousal maintenance or child support are often determined or an agreement is affirmed by the presiding California court and the party responsible to make the payment is legally bound to do so. There are ways a party can reduce their court ordered support, but running and hiding will not decrease the support requirements.
A high-asset divorce occurred in a jurisdiction outside of California and resulted in large financial support obligations. The husband in the divorce was a wealthy man, reportedly once worth $300 million. Following the divorce the now ex-husband was required to pay both spousal maintenance and child support payments. The ex-husband failed to make the court ordered payments and instead skipped town.
The ex-husband skipped town after he was brought to court over his delinquent payment status. During the hearing for the delinquent support payments, the presiding judge determined the ex-husband owed approximately $10 million in overdue support and sentenced the ex-husband to six months of jail time as a punishment.
Instead of abiding by the court’s ruling, the ex-husband fled and did so successfully for about nine months. He became the subject of a manhunt by both federal law enforcement and private investigators.
The family is relieved to have closure to this ordeal and is seeking answers from the runaway husband. Delinquent support payments can be difficult to collect and an experienced attorney can help ensure legally binding support payments are made to the entitled party.
Source: ABC Action News, “Stanton arrested after nine months on the run,” Kimberly Kuizon, Sept. 8, 2012
Ann A. Thomson (Seal Beach family law attorney) can help. Please call 562-431-4333 or contact her online today.