Residents of the Chicago-area may be interested in the child support case of actor and entertainer Joe Piscopo. Sources say the Piscopo has failed to pay child support payments amounting to $30,000 to his ex-wife. Apparently, as part of his divorce settlement, Piscopo was required to pay $5,000 per month in child support.
At the last hearing, Piscopo’s attorney defended his client by stating that his client only failed to pay the child support because his entertainment business does not bring in a consistent income. His attorney also bolstered his client’s case, arguing that his client has paid $50,000 recently to reduce the amount overdue.
Piscopo’s ex-wife’s attorney stated that there is no proof that Piscopo is not capable of paying child support. She claims his website shows he is in business and should, therefore, have enough income. Further, her attorney stated that Piscopo’s lifestyle is similar to what it was before the divorce whereas her client has not even been able to pay rent and bills due to his back payment.
The court ordered Piscopo to pay $10, 000 in child support to his ex-wife by the end of the month. Failure to pay will cause the court to issue an arrest warrant. The court also ordered the entertainer to pay $50 extra per week for the amount overdue.
Failure to pay child support in spite of the court’s order to pay can lead to serious consequences. The parent behind on payments, for example, may be charged with contempt of court, which can come with a fine or jail time.
However, courts may also consider a child support modification if a parent can prove that his or her financial situation has changed.
Source: nj.com, “Judge orders Joe Piscopo to pay $10K in child support,” Julia Terruso, Nov. 30, 2012