Report: Would-be family-court judge owes child support

One downside of not having a dedicated family court system in Maryland is that we miss all the fun of having elections for family-court judges. Consider this story out of Kenton County, Kentucky, just over the Ohio River from Cincinnati:

A candidate for a family court judgeship owes more than $2,800 in back payments for child support, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. … [Candidate Carl Knochelmann Jr. ‘s ] opponent, incumbent Family Court Judge Chris Mehling, says the debt shows him to be unfit for a judgeship.

The reports that Knochelmann’s attorney says he disputes the debt in the case, which goes at least 15 years, and that “the bigger picture” is that Knochelmann, also a lawyer, is a devoted father and very active in his son’s life.

None of that would necessarily save him from a contempt finding, of course — but it just might draw in some sympathy votes from similarly situated parents.





About Barbara Grzincic

Barbara Grzincic is managing editor at The Daily Record and edits TDR's Maryland Family Law Update.

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