It’s not mystery that emotions run high during family court cases, especially those that involved support or custody disputes. Minor children have a right to be financially supported by their parents and this especially comes into play when parents separate or are unmarried. Sometimes a court must step in and decide which parent gets custody and which parent pays child support.
The Detroit Lions safety, Amari Spievey, was recently involved in a child-support and arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and assault. The football player was due in court but the case was continued. His attorney asks that the charges be dropped because the father is cooperating and enrolled in a family violence education program.
The woman involved in the dispute is the mother of their 2-year-old daughter. She was also arrested in connection with the dispute and charged with disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a child. Apparently, the two got into a fight over child support payments and the fight eventually turned physical.
The mother and daughter are also attending the program. According to the father’s attorney, both parties are trying to work things out. The court handling the case is located in Massachusetts but the football player is expected back in Michigan soon for off-season training as part of his one-year contract as a Lions safety.
Parents may not always agree on child support in Michigan. But there is no reason for parties to fight over the issue or to put the safety of others or their children at risk. When disagreement arise, it may be best for parents to seek the counsel of an attorney and a determination from a judge. Court-order child support is enforceable and may prevent future arguments between parents.
Source: Detroit Free Press, “Lions’ Amari Spievey enrolls in family violence program; charges should be dropped,” Dave Birkett, April 11, 2013