Children from all walks off life need support in some manner. Whether parents are married, divorced, famous or not, their children all share in the fact that they have a right to support. This right is what makes child support enforcement so important in Michigan. When a child support order is in place, a parent faces real consequences for non-payment or even late payments.
A former football player at the University of Michigan now faces charges for his alleged failure to pay child support in Michigan. The onetime running back and fullback, B.J. Askew, apparently owes over $267,000 in back child support.
The Michigan attorney general made the announcement regarding the 33-year-old football player. The attorney general's "Child Support Division" filed the charges and they are quite serious. According to the state office, Askew has three children in Michigan. The Division claims that he has not paid any support since 2012 even though he apparently lives a very luxurious lifestyle.
Askew was arrested in Florida earlier this month and is currently being extradited back to Michigan, specifically Wayne County. Once in Michigan, he faces a single count of felony non-support.
Askew played for the University of Michigan from 1999 to 2003. The New York Jets drafted him in 2003 and he was reportedly one of the highest paid fullbacks in the NFL when he signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007. Askew's career came to a halt after a car accident in 2009.
The attorney general is adamant about the responsibility to pay child support. He stated that parents must still fulfill their support duties no matter where they live. If a parent is having trouble collecting payments a lawyer may be able to help them pursue child support enforcement. This also applies to parents who are having trouble making on-time payments. Child support orders can be modified in both directions if the situation calls for such change.
Source: MLive, "Ex-Michigan RB/FB B.J. Askew charged for failure to pay child support," Nick Baumgardner, Jan. 21, 2014