I'm sure that was daddy DALE SMITH II's motivation all along for getting custody. Follow the $$$....
Posted: 12:07 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
Suspect in Orlando mom Michelle Parker's disappearance no longer paying child support
ORLANDO, Fla. —
The prime suspect in the disappearance of Orlando mother Michelle Parker has won a round in court, authorities said on Thursday.
Dale Smith II no longer has to pay child support. Smith is the father of Parker's twins.
However, if Parker is found alive, Smith will have to resume paying child support, said a judge.
The judge's decision comes at an interesting time because WFTV has learned that Smith was fired from his job this week.
The decision means Smith will now be able to get back child support he's paid since Parker disappeared.
The state said it was holding the money automatically deducted from Smith's paycheck since Parker disappeared.
Smith's attorney argued that it did not make sense because the money was sitting in an account and was not being used for the children.
The judge's decision also means that Smith can get the money in that account back and use it on the children.
"It's important that all funds are available to the children," said Smith's attorney, Stanley Silver.
Silver said Smith likely wouldn't have to pay the money retro-actively if Parker is found alive since he has custody of the children.
Silver said he was likely fired from his cabinetry company due to being a suspect in Parker's disappearance and the ensuing media attention.