Beyonce's father's child support reduced due to change in income


It is not uncommon in today's society for people to experience a decrease in their income due to a layoff, or the inability to find a job after the loss of one. Such a change in one's financial situation can impact anyone at any time. If an individual has an existing order to pay monthly child support, a decrease in income will likely impact their ability to meet their obligation in a timely manner.


Florida parents ordered to pay child support, but who have experienced a decrease in their income or who have had a change in circumstance which impacts their ability to pay, may find it interesting to learn that singer Beyonce's father, Mathew Knowles, had his child support payments drastically reduced after he was fired by Beyonce from his position as her manager.

The singer let go of her father in 2011. According to reports, since the firing Knowles' income had significantly decreased. Knowles filed paperwork seeking a reduction in his child support payments to the mother of his son. Based on his change in income, the judge presiding over the case ruled that Knowles' monthly child support obligation would be reduced from $12,000 to approximately $2,500. However, the judge ordered him to pay nearly $15,000 in legal fees to the mother of his son.

Most people understand that child support is in the best interest of the child. However, occasionally even the most responsible parent ordered to pay child support may experience a financial hardship or some change in circumstance which may prevent them from meeting their monthly payments. In such cases, rather than ignoring the issue or hoping that matters will pan out, one may want to consider filing a petition for modification of child support. It may help a parent to contact a family law attorney familiar with state laws on the issue, who can work with the parent to file the agreement modification and discuss other legal options.

Source: ABC News, "Beyonce's father granted cut in child support," Mar. 5, 2014

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