Unless parents have equal parenting time and are both earning the same amount of money, one parent will usually be paying child support to the other. The one who receives child support is typically the custodial parent. The amount that is paid is dependent upon several factors, including parents' gross incomes and child support that is being paid for any other children.
With today's current economy and many lay-offs it is not unheard of for a father to be behind on his child support payments due to financial reasons. However, when a dad is behind on these payments -- while for the custodial parent this can surely be frustrating -- this should still never be used as a reason behind limiting visitation time between a father and his child.
Frequently celebrities are in the news when it comes to issues related to family law. And while celebrity gossip is certainly not for everyone, there can be some lessons that any father can learn from some of their legal woes.
Failing to pay child support can lead to a number of legal problems. And now, a new website launched by the Office of Inspector General is working to try and catch those parents who have skipped out on making those payments.
Public criticism has erupted on both sides of the fence as a U.S. representative goes through a very public battle over unpaid child support. The representative claims he had a verbal agreement with his ex-wife not to pay child support, and his ex-wife claims that everything changed when she found out that he lent more than $30,000 to his own congressional campaign.
Just two weeks after being accused of not being current on his child support, free agent Terrell Owens has paid all of the money that was owed. Now his attorney is requesting that the mother of his child - Melanie Paige Smith - drop the request that was filed to hold Owens in contempt of court for failing to stick to his portion of the court-ordered child support agreement.
A mother is facing ten felony charges for failure to pay child support. At this point she owes more than $50,000, and if convicted on all ten of the charges she could face more than 23 years in prison.