Some Massachusetts residents might be surprised to learn that pop singer Stevie B is accused of owing more than $400,000 in back child support. The singer was recently arrested and spent several days in jail. He denies the claim that he owes that much in unpaid child support.
The singer was arrested after finishing his performance at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was released a few days later after paying $11,000. Stevie B, real name Steven Bernard Hill, is best known for his hit "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)," which came out in 1990.
He agreed to a payment schedule for about $420,000 in child support. This includes a lump-sum payment of $10,000, along with weekly payments of $921. According to his attorney, Stevie B also agreed to pay an additional $1,000 with the required lump-sum. He also offered to pay an extra $500 per week. He is currently disputing the amount an Agawam, Massachusetts, woman claims that he owes in unpaid child support for their 17- and 18-year-old daughters. His attorney went on to say that he intends to present documentation for all of the payments Stevie B has made at his next court hearing.
There appears to be a substantial discrepancy in claims between what Stevie B says he has paid and what the mother of the two girls involved claims is due. Those issues will probably be addressed at the November 18 hearing that has been scheduled. At times a change in circumstances has made the obligations unfair, and courts will hear modification petitions to readjust prior court orders to reflect current economic conditions.
Source: Associated Press, "Singer Stevie B denies Mass. child support figure," Denise Lavoie, Oct. 4, 2011