A paternity lawsuit has reportedly been filed against a member of the Atlanta Falcons professional football team, according to recent reports on various entertainment websites.
In 2009, approximately $35 billion being owed in child support in the United States. Unfortunately, only about 60 percent of that amount was actually received by custodial parents. According to a new report from the United States Census Bureau, less than half of all custodial parents in Georgia and throughout the U.S. receive the full amount of child support owed to them by the noncustodial parents of their children.
It seems that not a month goes by without some family court complaint or criminal charges being filed against professional football player Terrell Owens regarding unpaid child support. In the latest installment of Owens' ongoing child support drama, a warrant for his arrest was recently rescinded after he made his court-ordered child support payment to the mother one of his four children. It only remains to be seen whether Owens will be back in court next month on similar charges.
In recent months, we have blogged about professional football player Terrell Owens and his repeated run-ins with the Fulton County family court system regarding his alleged failure to pay his court-ordered child support. Now, it appears that the threat of jail time for contempt has again motivated Owens to make good on his child support payments.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion of the court cases against parents for their failure to pay child support. Because these are civil matters, there is no constitutional requirement that defendants be provided an attorney for their hearings, as there is for criminal cases. However, the hearings often result in a jail sentence or other negative consequences for indigent defendants who are unable to make their child support payments, which advocates claim is unfair and possibly even unconstitutional.
Under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, no person may be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law." Traditionally, this has been interpreted to require that anyone who is accused of a crime be given a fair trial. Because one factor of a fair trial is the provision of an attorney, the public defender program provides defendants with a defense attorney if they cannot afford to retain one. As many defendants have little experience with the law and the legal system, this attorney can make the difference between freedom and jail time.
Several Georgia technical colleges have lost funding for their long-running fatherhood programs, which provide education and support services to both father and mothers with the goal of strengthening families and serving the low-income community. The colleges are working to find alternative funding for the programs, but until that happens, this underserved population may again fall through the cracks.
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.
The mother of a child of Terrell Owens' has filed court papers in Fulton County, asking a judge to charge the football player with contempt after he allegedly failed to pay his court-ordered child support for the month of June. The mother claims that she was told by Owens' financial advisors that he recently decided to no longer make the full $5,000 per month child support payment.