Michigan entertainment fans may be interested to learn that a judge issued an arrest warrant for hip hop entrepreneur Damon Dash for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife. In order to avoid going to jail, Mr. Dash will be required to pay the $341,999 that is in arrears.
The warrant was signed and cured by a Manhattan judge after Mr. Dash failed to appear for a court appearance. His ex-wife, fashion designer Rachel Roy, had filed documents with the court that indicated Mr. Dash has failed to pay her child support, school tuition, mortgage payments and camp expenses since their divorce in 2009.
Ms. Roy was given full custody of the couple's two daughters when Mr. Dash failed to appear in a California court where the hearing was taking place. He was given supervised visits on Sundays. Ms. Roy, however, subsequently obtained a protective order against Mr. Dash preventing him from going near her. In March, Mr. Dash had taken to social media claiming Ms. Roy was trying to keep his daughters away from him. He also filed a $2.5 million lawsuit in Manhattan one week ago against Ms. Roy for alleged mismanagement of a fashion company they had started prior to their divorce in 2009.
Child support and child custody are considered separate matters, and people must pay their court-ordered child support even if the other parent is preventing them from seeing their children. In the event of such a dispute, the other parent may want to seek the counsel of a family law attorney. An attorney may file motions on behalf of their client to seek a modification in child custody along with a modification of child support orders.
Source: New York Daily News, "Damon Dash hit with arrest warrant, ordered to pay $342K to ex-wife to avoid jail," Barbara Ross, April 30, 2015.