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.
Renowned American skier Bode Miller has made risky decisions on and off-piste, but he is stepping up as a responsible father. Miller is seeking to gain custody of his two children, both of whom have different mothers, even in the wake of his wife's recent miscarriage. One of the children is still unborn, according to reports, while the other is four years old. Miller has been seeking to establish paternity and begin paying child support to the girl's mother for some time, according to media reports.
Nearly everyone knows a single mother who struggles to provide for her children because of low wages, unpaid child support and other financial stressors. Another academic study has confirmed what academicians have known for years, showing that single mothers are among the most impoverished groups in the nation. This study compared American mothers to those from other countries, however, showing the sharp difference between our nation's legal system and those throughout the world.
As you consider splitting up assets and liabilities throughout your divorce process, do not forget to include provisions about insurance related to your children. Experts say this often-overlooked aspect of child support negotiations can sometimes set up roadblocks for an otherwise smooth split.