For fathers' rights advocates in Florida and elsewhere, actress Halle Berry's settlement with the father of her 6-year-old daughter over child support payments represents a significant landmark. On June 9, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge approved an agreement whereby the star will pay the child's father $16,000 a month for the child's support in addition to a payment for retroactive support in the amount of $115,000. Berry will also pay the child's tuition, but Berry and the child's father will split the child's health care expenses.
It is not uncommon for at least one parent, typically the parent who does not have physical custody of the child, to be ordered by a court to pay child support to the custodial parent. The intent of child support is to ensure that that parent will be able to adequately care for the child from a financial sense. The specifics of what the child support amount will be are generally delineated in a child support order. Nevertheless, despite such court orders, there are some parents who fail to pay child support. The penalty for failing to pay child support could be jail time, suspension of one's driving privileges, restrictions on one's passport and more.
Baseball fans in Florida familiar with 32-year-old outfielder Carl Crawford may have heard that recently the mother of his two children filed child support increase paperwork in court. She is seeking a $10,000 increase in the monthly child support payments she currently receives.
With advances in medical reproductive technologies Florida residents may know that many infertile couples and same sex couples wanting to have a child of their own can now have one. Particularly when it comes to sperm donors, science is ahead of the laws which govern the complex area of parental rights, and other issues, such as child support, for the men who donate their DNA.
Many Florida parents who have some kind of parenting-time or visitation schedule in place to see their children know that there can be times when disputes arise regarding the custody arrangement and child support. However, what parents may not realize is that when emotions are running high even the most rational parent can make irrational choices.
Fans of the movie Fast & Furious in Florida may find it interesting to learn that, according to recent media reports, actor-rapper and one of the stars in the latest Fast & Furious movie, Ludacris, was ordered by a family court to pay his ex-girlfriend and mother of his now four-month-old daughter $7,000 per month in child support.
Regardless of one's social and celebrity status, family law issues such as child custody and support issues can affect parents in all walks of life. Winter Olympics fans in Florida familiar with skier and Bronze medal winner Bode Miller may find it interesting to learn that he is entangled in a child custody and support dispute with his 13-month-old son's mother.
Entertainment news media frequently provide updates on the lives of celebrities. Such news ranges from upcoming projects to personal stories involving actors, actresses and more. Florida residents familiar with the former star of the show Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen, may find it interesting to learn that he is involved in a child support dispute with his ex-wife, actress Denise Richards.
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.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011 nearly 176,000 fathers who were still married and had been out of work for at least for 12-months, stayed home with their children who were under the age of 15. In the following year, the number of fathers staying home to raise their children increased by about 13,000. Florida residents may find this changing family dynamic interesting, particularly when it comes to divorce, parenting time and child support obligations.