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.
It is hardly a new phenomenon: for many years, grandparents have willingly taken custody of their grandchildren when their parents are no longer able to care for them. However, according to recent data from the United States Census Bureau, the economic recession has increased the number of parents who no longer have the financial means to care for their children, resulting in an increased number of grandparents who take custody on either a temporary or permanent basis.
Child support - often a central component in a divorce settlement - can sometimes take a surreal twist in the aftermath of a separation, especially when the media gets hold of a story like the following, which is admittedly a bit sensational.