Where does your child support money go? For many North Carolina parents, it seems like a mystery. In an era in which kids are starting "enrichment" activities such as piano lessons, soccer teams and art classes earlier and earlier, it may seem as though child support payments should increase to support those causes. However, experts say that parents who want to pursue such enrichment activities should be prepared to pay for them on their own, instead of simply demanding more child support. In other words, child support can only be used for specific, basic purchases.
Child support enforcement: Even the term sounds intimidating. Although lawmakers around the country are attempting to crack down on the so-called "deadbeat" parents that do not pay their child support, advocates say that an adversarial approach is not always the best method. In fact, North Carolina officials say they have experienced far more success in recovering child support from those who are educated and feel supported by their own communities. That is why Mecklenburg County Child Support Enforcement workers are taking steps to promote fathers' rights and help non-custodial parents learn more about their child support options.
Imagine owing more than a half-million dollars in overdue child support. Although few North Carolina residents fall into this category, one Midwestern man is facing serious legal ramifications after reportedly refusing to pay more than $550,000 in court-mandated child support costs. The man, age 52, was arrested in uptown Chicago after successfully avoiding law enforcement officers for longer than five years.
Worldwide superstar and entertainment sensation Beyonce Knowles has a half-brother who needs food stamps to eat. The boy, whose father is the same as Beyonce's, has ostensibly suffered because of his dad's non-compliance with child support and other court-ordered actions. It appears that even the nation's wealthiest families -- perhaps even those in North Carolina -- can still be affected by serious family law issues.
Legal experts and parents acknowledge the difficulty in collecting child support from errant parents. These costs can expand exponentially if state systems are not adequately designed to accommodate child support collection. That appears to be the case in one of North Carolina's neighboring states, as the jurisdiction works to resolve legal problems that are restricting its use of an existing child support enforcement program.
Hammering out achild support agreement is not necessarily a pleasant process, but it may be necessary as a part of your divorce or break-up to ensure that your kids receive the financial resources they need. Child support is often viewed as a chore for the payer, who may think that the receiving parent does not deserve the money. Conversely, the recipient may feel as though he or she must fight tooth and nail to obtain the funds necessary to provide for the children. Even though child support is recognized as an inconvenience, many people may not realize that their decision to avoid payments in North Carolina could actually result in criminal action.
The mayor of Greensboro, North Carolina, will pay his ex-wife nearly $2,000 in overdue post-separation support for the month of July. The child support and alimony court hearing for Robbie Perkins and his ex-wife has been delayed until August 5, but the man will make arrangements with his daughter's school to pay for tuition and other fees.
Although scores of parents suffer because their exes refuse to pay child support, that delinquency is very rarely sanctioned by a judge. A North Carolina woman is making legal complaints that a judge is treating her unfairly, claiming he has failed to enforce a corrected child support order that was handed back to the lower court more than two years ago. This judge's ruling had been overturned by the state Supreme Court in 2010.
Media reports have accused basketball superstar Steve Nash of refusing to pay child support because he believes his ex-wife will spoil their children if they get too much money. Further, the Los Angeles Lakers player thinks his wife is already getting enough money to support the couple's three children.
Famed athlete Michael Jordan is finding himself embroiled in yet another paternity suit in which a woman is seeking to recover child support. The child in question is the 16-year-old son of a Georgia woman. The child's paternity was already established during previous court proceedings, according to attorneys, and the woman is wasting valuable taxpayer time and money by attempting to reopen the case.