Recently, a family court judge handed down a very unique order: he forbade a father from having any more children until he could show that he could support the additional child as well as his existing kids. Although this case did not take place in Atlanta, we felt that it was unique and noteworthy enough to share with our Georgia blog readers, and we would be interested to hear your opinions on the judge's decision.
Four months after filing for bankruptcy, a former professional football player was arrested this week on charges that he had failed to make his court-ordered child support payments. But despite his financial situation and the criminal charges against him, Jamal Lewis insisted to the media that he has paid his child support as directed, stating that the allegations against him are simply a 'misunderstanding.'
Whether your child's other parent lives here in Marietta or somewhere across the country, collecting court-ordered child support can be a challenge. However, the police agencies and courts in most jurisdictions are ready and willing to help uphold child support orders from other parts of the country. But what happens if your child's other parent lives in a different country? Depending on the country, there may be no way to enforce the child support order and get the payments that you and your child need to make ends meet.
Last month, we reported on what has become somewhat of an epidemic in the United States: the failure of many parents to pay their court-ordered or agreed-upon child support. According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, less than half of all custodial parents receive the full amount of child support owed to them by the noncustodial parents of their children.
He probably should have just stayed in Georgia.
In June, we wrote about professional football player Terrell Owens' failure to pay child support to the mother of one of his children, which caused her to seek legal action. At that time, she filed court papers on Fulton County, asking a family court judge to charge Owens with contempt after his alleged failure to pay child support for the month of June. In those court documents, the Atlanta mother alleged that she had been told by Owens' financial advisors that the player would no longer be making his full monthly child support payments.
After repeatedly accusing the Obama administration of irresponsible spending and financial policies, a Republican member of the House of Representatives is now facing questions about his own financial management after reports surfaced that he owes his ex-wife over $100,000 in unpaid child support. However, the congressman is fighting back, claiming that the negative reports are politically motivated and largely untrue.
In our last post, we noted the recent arrest of a Georgia man who fled to Indiana in order to avoid making child support payments. In that story, it wasn't clear how much child support the man had evaded.
A Georgia man with a federal warrant for his arrest was taken into custody after Indiana State Police found him on Tuesday.