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Rapper DMX's failure to pay child support results in arrest

The recent child support-related case involving the rapper known as DMX presents a scenario many Tennessee parents probably recognize. Earl Simmons, the legal name of DMX, is behind on making his court-ordered child support payments to his ex-wife on behalf of their four children.

The judge who issued the child support order last year is the same judge who issued a contempt of court charge in July 2015. This charge resulted in the issuance of a warrant for Simmons' arrest, which occurred at his home in October.

Simmons and his attorney claimed the rapper is working to fulfill his legal obligations and to do so requires he not be in jail. His source of income is performances, and he must be able to perform in order to pay the debts owed. After consideration of the attorneys' arguments as well as the information provided by Simmons during his handcuffed appearance in court, the judge decided to release Simmons without bail, with a warning to appear at his upcoming hearing in the case in November.

IA parent who is experiencing difficulty in making child support payments as ordered should consider seeking the advice of a family law attorney, who can offer information on available options. One would be filing a petition for a modification of the order with the court having jurisdiction over the matter. This will likely require a showing that there has been an adverse change in the obligor's financial circumstances, such as an unexpected job loss or a medical emergency. It is important to realize that, even if the modification is granted, it will only have an effect on future payments.

Source: USA Today, "Rapper DMX arrested for failure to pay child support", Matt Coyne, Oct. 28, 2015

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