Beyonce's former manager entangled in a child support dispute

Florida residents familiar with hip-hop scene may find it interesting to learn that star Beyonce's former manager, Matthew Knowles, is entangled in a child support dispute with his ex-wife. Knowles has one son and is currently paying child support. However, his ex-wife is requesting that a court increase the $12,000 monthly support payment she receives to an undisclosed amount. The main reason for the request according to his ex-wife is that they have not decided on a private school for their son.

Even though Knowles ex-wife is looking for an increase in child support payments, Knowles present income is lower than what it was when the couple divorced. In similar cases, a non-custodial parent may be able to decrease their child support obligation due to a decrease in income.

Every state has different guidelines when it comes to determining child support amounts. In Florida, any child support obligation is based on the number of nights the child spends with each parent. Thus, if a child spends 20 percent or more of their nights with the non-custodial parent, that parent's child support obligation may be reduced or potentially eliminated. Further, in addition to time-sharing, when calculating child support payment amounts, courts takes into consideration the incomes of both parents, as well as the costs of childcare, healthcare and education..

If either parent experiences a change in income, child support payment amounts may be modified. Under such circumstances, it may be helpful for a parent to seek advice from a family law attorney to ensure that the necessary paperwork is in order and that their client's child's best interests are met.

Source: clutch, "Beyonce's Father Accused of Threatening His Son's Mother," Myeisha Essex, Jan. 22, 2013

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