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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Deadbeat Parents and Unpaid Child Support

When a parent is ordered by the court to pay child support and continuously fails to do so, he or she is commonly referred to as a "deadbeat parent." This pejorative term is used the actual legislation of some states, and is often misunderstood. Parents who fall behind on child support due to job loss or unforeseen circumstances aren't necessarily "deadbeats." Deadbeat is generally reserved for those who have the means to pay, but do not. Parents who are unable to pay may be eligible for child support modification.

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Stereotypes About Deadbeat Parents:

"Deadbeat parents" and "deadbeat dads" are not synonymous. Not all deadbeat parents are fathers, and not all non-custodial fathers are neglectfully behind on child support. In fact, there plenty of moms who have been ordered to pay child support, yet fail to do so, as you can see from jurisdictions that post lists of their most wanted deadbeat parents online.

Consequences for the Parent Who Does Not Pay:

There are several things the state can do when a parent falls behind in child support payments. These steps include:
  • Garnishing his or her pay
  • Refusing to allow the parent to obtain a legal passport
  • Intercepting unemployment compensation
  • Offsetting federal and/or state income tax refunds
  • Enforcing jail time

Taking Action When the Checks Stop Coming:

If you are owed back child support payments, you should contact your local Child Support Enforcement Office to report the lack of payments. Be prepared to provide detailed explanations of the missed payments, as well as any information you may have about the parent's last known location.

Inability to Pay:

It's also important to be aware that many times the parent who is in arrears simply does not have the money to pay the child support payments. In some cases, payments may need to be adjusted to reflect the individual's most current earnings. In other cases, the parent owes so much child support that the money will simply never be paid in full.

The Relationship Between Child Support and Child-Parent Visitations:

Child support is completely separate from visitations. In the eyes of the law, the parent who owes back child support payments still has the right to visit with the child. Therefore, any parent who is in distress over missing child support payments should take the steps outlined above instead of withholding visitations. Refusing to allow your child to visit with your co-parent because he or she has unpaid child support could jeopardize your good standing with the courts.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What about the deadbeat moms?

 Single dads are sick and tired of being labeled "
deadbeats" when it comes to paying child support. And data suggest they have good reason to be upset.
The percentage of "deadbeat" moms is actually higher than that of dads who won't pay, even though mothers are more consistently awarded custody of children by the courts.
Census figures show only 57 percent of moms required to pay child support -- 385,000 women out of a total of 674,000 -- give up some or all of the money they owe. That leaves some 289,000 "deadbeat" mothers out there, a fact that has barely been reported in the media.
That compares with 68 percent of dads who pay up, according to the figures.
Men who are due child support are also getting tired of deadbeat moms' excuse that they can't pony up the money, and some courts have responded.
California lawyer Eudene Eunique in February was denied a passport because she was $30,000 behind in child-support. Instead of spending money on visiting her family in Mexico and on business contracts, the appeals court ruled Eunique’s money should go to her kids.
Meanwhile, warrant officers in southwest Florida earlier this summer dubbed an effort to list the area’s top deadbeat moms who owed up to $19,000 in support as "Operation Father’s Day." Included on the list were Trudi Dana, 43, who owes $19,001 and 29-year-old Mary Mahadie Friar, who owes $16,493.
Of course, the problem of deadbeat dads remains a serious one. Many more men than women have to pay child support, making the overall number of deadbeat dads much greater.
The statistics show 4.3 million moms out of 6.3 million who are supposed to receive child support actually get it. That leaves the alarming figure of about 2 million deadbeat dads, putting them more in the media spotlight than deadbeat moms.
But men also still pay much more in child support. The Census Bureau last month also released numbers showing fathers paid an average of $3,000 to custodial moms in 1997. Women paid little over half that. Moms also get about 60 percent of what they are owed, whereas dads only get 48 percent.
Not only are the dads paying up more when they don’t have custody, but when the court does hand the kids over to dads, they work more than moms who have custody.
While 7 percent of custodial moms work more than 44 hours a week, 24.5 percent of single custodial dads work more than 44 hours. And only about half as many custodial dads get government help than moms.
Some dads say it’s not for a lack of laws that moms are getting away with not paying up.
Bill Henry is head of Dads Against Discrimination of West Virginia and a single dad. In 1983, his first ex was ordered by the court to pay $25 a month in child support – which he did not start actually receiving until 1987 – even though the state minimum then should have been $75 a month.
Henry said dads are often discouraged from pursuing custody battles by attorneys and often don’t like to make waves in the system, as long as they get to regularly see their child or get complete custody.
"A lot of men are afraid to ask for child support simply because they think if they’re asking for child support, they won’t get a chance to get custody," Henry said.
California dad Scott Downing has also experienced child-support snafus and said courts continue to give dads the short end of the custody stick. "The laws are there, but it’s the way the courts interpret those laws," he said.
Single dad David Wood of North Carolina has similar concerns.
"My frustration … is not so much there’s any biases in me getting child support … it’s just the whole system needs a lot of work. If you don’t get aggressive with it … you have to really work to get it if someone doesn’t want to play the game" and pay up.
Wood, whose ex-wife has had trouble in court, said there are four men he knows of just at his workplace who are currently or are going to be single dads, or are grandparents of kids who had deadbeat moms.
"It’s not the exception anymore," Wood said, adding that before he became a single dad two years ago, "I would have almost bought into that stereotype" the dads are usually the deadbeats. But "that philosophy is just 30-40 years out of date."
But more moms that don’t have the kids simply can’t afford to pay child support since they are poorer, said Geraldine Jensen, president of the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support. Studies show the average income for non-custodial moms is only $15,000 a year, whereas non-custodial dads average about $40,000 a year.
And moms who don’t have custody of the kids often remarry and have more kids, and often choose to not work.
But "that’s certainly no excuse," Jensen said. "It doesn’t matter if you’re a mom or dad, you should meet your child support obligations."

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mom charged with murder of 5-year-old son, she beat the child to death because he broke the TV


Kim Crawford, 21, is charged with murdering her son, after 5-year-old Jamar Johnson was discovered to have died from blunt trauma to the chest.

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Kim Crawford, 21, is charged with murdering her son, after 5-year-old Jamar Johnson was discovered to have died from blunt trauma to the chest.
Bronx mom said she beat her 5-year-old son to death  because he broke the television while playing Nintendo Wii, prosecutors said Monday.
Kim Crawford, 21, smacked Jamar Johnson in his back and stomach on June 13 "harder than I've ever hit him," she told cops.
Crawford watched him vomit and complain of agonizing pain for five days as his internal injuries got worse. She never took him to the hospital because she feared getting arrested, she told investigators.

Jamar (r.) and Heaven Johnson, whose mother Kim Crawford is charged with murdering Jamar (Family Handout).
"I was worried they'd see the bruises and I'd get in trouble," she told cops.
Jamar died of an infection to his lacerated pancreas and intestine at Montefiore Medical Center late Friday.
Prosecutors charged Crawford with murder and manslaughter. She was ordered held without bond Monday.
"I can't believe this," Jamar's dad said outside court.
The petite single mom told cops several different stories about how Jamar was injured before finally admitting the truth, prosecutors said.
First, she claimed he simply got sick, went to sleep and never woke up, prosecutors said. She then claimed he fell while playing in the park and injured himself.
After hours of questioning, she finally admitted becoming enraged at Jamar when he told her he broke the television, prosecutors said.
"I hit Jamar twice in the back and twice in the stomach," she told cops.
On Friday night Crawford "held Jamar's hand and it was cold," she told cops. "He wasn't moving."
Crawford's lawyer, Camille Abate, said the mom should not have been charged with murder.
"The facts do not establish at all that this mother tried to kill her child," Abate said. "I have no idea whether hitting someone with their hand causes these kinds of injuries. It's clear that for two days she was worked over by police."
Jamar's heartbroken family called his death "inexcusable."
"Whether or not she did it on purpose doesn't matter, because my beautiful grandson is gone and he's not coming back," said Jamar's grandmother, Betsy Johnson. "It's a tragedy. It's inexcusable."
Crawford has previous arrests for drugs and assault, police sources said, and a long history of domestic incidents with the boy's father.
Police were called for domestic incidents between the pair nine times since 2006, sources said. Crawford had an open warrant for violating probation at the time of her arrest.
In a separate case, a Bronx man was charged Monday with killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, police said. Edgar Algarin, 26, apparently exploded in anger because Enidaliz Ortiz-Encarnacion wouldn't eat, sources said. He told police he punched the girl in the back, sources said.
The city Medical Examiner's office said the girl was choked and beaten in the upper torso.
Algarin, who has no previous arrest record, was charged with murder and manslaughter. The child was in cardiac arrest when an ambulance arrived at the family's Mott Havenapartment early Saturday. She died a short time later at Lincoln Hospital.
Sources said the girl's mother was away on business and that Algarin may have been angry that he was forced to babysit.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Jermaine Dupri sued by Sarai Jones over child support payments

In March, a judge ordered Dupri, a 38-year-old music producer worth millions, to pay $2,500 a month and an additional $7,500 to Sarai Jones, based on the results of a paternity test, according to the Associated Press, which carried the report.
Dupri and his attorney have not commented. Jones has a 7-month-old daughter.
Dupri is also facing financial troubles, the AP said, adding that his mansion was almost auctioned off after a foreclosure and that the music producer owes the state of Georgia more than $493,000 in back taxes for 2007. Dupri has a daughter, Shaniah Mauldin, with Pam Sweat.
He says in his 2008 memoir "Young, Rich, and Dangerous: The Making of a Music Mogul," that he met Sweat when he was 25 and that she told him of her pregnancy after the two dated for several weeks.
Dupri and Jackson broke up in 2009 after being together for about seven years.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted that he fathered a child out-of-wedlock

Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted that he fathered a child out-of-wedlock with a member of his household staff, the former California Governor has everyone wondering—how could he keep the child a secret from his wife, kids, and everyone else for over a decade?
“He probably made payments to her in cash, money orders, or he could have had an accountant or a business manager pay her,” Beverly Hills-based divorce attorney Evan T. Sussman told FOX 411. “The money could have come from some account that she didn’t know about. Child support is not income to the person receiving it, and it is not deductible to the person paying it.”

Scaring up the scratch wouldn't have been an issue, Sussman said.
“Arnold has the means to keep a love child a secret because he has the money," Sussman said. "Making a payment to this woman every month for 10 years would not impact his household—it would be like anyone else going out for an ice cream cone.”
Legally, Schwarzenegger didn't have to pay the mother anything if she didn't ask him too.
“The mother would have to bring an action for child support,” explained Sussman. “Generally, child support starts being mulled when you bring an action. Usually it’s an action to establish parental relations. Legally, Arnold is not required to pay child support unless there is an action. He’s only paying the mother of his love child out of moral—not legal—obligation.”
On the conservative side, Sussman believes that Schwarzenegger has already paid the woman a over $2 million in child support.
“For example, if someone makes $3 million a year—the courts won’t really go above $3 million. And let’s say that they see the child only 5 percent of the time. What that person would be responsible for on a monthly basis in child support would be about $18,000, or about $216,000 a year.”
With the news of her husband’s decade-long deceit, Maria Shriver “has been working with a very powerful financial adviser who has been helping her position herself for a divorce,” according to TMZ.
“She’s probably trying to find out what she needs to live on,” said  Sussman. “Even though she has the Kennedy name, he probably has a lot more money than she does.”
 “There are no winners in this,” said Las Vegas attorney Robert Massi. “But Maria has made her decision, she’s moving on, and the family will go on as well.”
Schwarzenegger’s fortune stands at an estimated $300 million dollars. TMZ reported that he was always “generous” with mother of his child, who they say lives several hours outside of Los Angeles in a four-bedroom house with a pool.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Botox-Injecting Mom Loses Custody Of Beauty Pageant Daughter

Botox Mom with Daughter
Kerry Campbell, the mother who injects Botox into her 8-year-old beauty pageant daughter, has lost custody of the child according to TMZ. Last week, Child Protective Services in San Francisco launched an investigation on Campbell after she appeared on “Good Morning America” and admitted to giving her daughter the anti-wrinkle injections, as well as waxing.
See the interview here: Mother Investigated After Giving Eight-Year-Old Daughter Botox [VIDEO]

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TEACHER HAVING SEX WITH 5 STUDENTS?


Whats the deal out there at Kennedale High School in the Agg? A female high school coach and teacher turned herself in to Arlington police Monday morning after a warrant was issued for her arrest involving a sex scandal with multiple students.
Investigators say some students allegedly involved with 27-year-old Brittni Colleps had exchanged sexually explicit texts and pictures with her.
Colleps is a first-year teacher of English and girls’ freshman basketball at Kennedale High School, according to her school bio page, which has since disappeared.
The word is that She is accused of having improper relationships with five male Kennedale High School students, who are all 18 years old or older.
Even thought they 18, she is a teacher and it is against the law for teachers to have sex with students, no matter what their ages.
Concerned staff notified police and an investigation started Wednesday.
Students described having sex with Colleps at her Arlington home during April and May of this year.
Now, Colleps is jailed and has a $125,000 dollar bond. She is charged with five felony counts of inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a student.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Brooke Mueller granted $55,000 a month in child support as Charlie Sheen divorce is finalized


Officially divorced: Brooke has reportedly been granted $55,000 a month in child support on top of a lump sum of $757,698.70 and another $1 million for her share of their marital home

Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller are now officially divorced after papers were finalized today, marking the end of their three-year marriage.

Brooke has reportedly been granted $55,000 a month in child support on top of a lump sum of $757,698.70 and another $1 million for her share of their marital home, according to TMZ.
Charlie, 45, will keep the family home though and the settlement documents are said to state: ‘Under no circumstances shall the child support paid by Charlie for Bob and Max be less than the child support paid by Charlie to Denise Richards for Sam and Lola.’
Officially divorced: Brooke has reportedly been granted $55,000 a month in child support on top of a lump sum of $757,698.70 and another $1 million for her share of their marital home
The finalised divorce settlement comes after Sheen lost his bid for custody of his two-year-old twin sons with Mueller last month.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hank Goldberg said it was ‘in the best interest of the children’ because of ‘questions of abuse and other inflammatory and emotional issues.’

 

The judge then decided that the couple will continue to share custody under the existing agreement.
Sheen had been seeking temporary custody of the boys following reports that Mueller, 33, had returned to rehab after a week of alleged substance abuse.
The judge was aware that Brooke had had a drug relapse but is said to have been equally disturbed by Charlie bragging about his substance abuse.
Taking your mind off it Charlie? Sheen was in Las Vegas over the weekend with 'goddess' Natalie Kenley
Taking your mind off it Charlie? Sheen was in Las Vegas over the weekend with 'goddess' Natalie Kenley
Drowning his sorrows? Charlie and his 'goddess' Natalie partied in the VIP area of Chateau Nightclub in Las Vegas over the weekend
Drowning his sorrows? Charlie and his 'goddess' Natalie partied in the VIP area of Chateau Nightclub in Las Vegas over the weekend
Charlie and Brooke married on May 30, 2008, but the actor filed for divorce in November last year after a string of domestic incidents with his third wife.
On Christmas Day in 2009, Sheen was arrested in Aspen, Colorado, after police responded to a domestic violence call.
He pleaded guilty last year to the assault on Brooke after she claimed he held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her during the incident.
The former couple have both battled substance abuse and Mueller was treated at a rehab clinic for a crack cocaine addiction.
During the past year Sheen has also been under scrutiny for trashing a hotel room while porn actress Capri Anderson was locked in the bathroom.
He was then allegedly found ‘intoxicated’ and naked in the hotel by police following the incident.
Child support: Charlie and Brooke's twin sons Bob and Max with Mueller's mother Moira Fiore and her step father Jon, who took care of the boys while their mother was in rehab and Sheen was on tour
Child support: Charlie and Brooke's twin sons Bob and Max with Mueller's mother Moira Fiore and her step father Jon, who took care of the boys while their mother was in rehab and Sheen was on tour
Happier times: Brooke and Charlie in 2007 in Los Angeles, the year before they got married
Happier times: Brooke and Charlie in 2007 in Los Angeles, the year before they got married
Since splitting with Mueller, Sheen adopted an unusual domestic relationship with a string of girlfriends that he calls his ‘goddesses’.
Earlier this year he described the relationship with his live-in girlfriends as a ‘polygamy story’ and said he makes Hugh Hefner look like ‘an amateur’.
He was living with his former nanny Natalie Kenly and porn star Rachel Oberlin, sometimes known as Bree Olson.
Rachel Oberlin is no longer seeing Sheen though and last month had her own run in with police after being found guilty of drunk driving.
Over the weekend, the Two And A Half Men star seemed to be taking his mind off his hefty child support payments and divorce by continuing his US tour Torpedo of Truth.
Charlie was at the Chateau Club in Las Vegas with Natalie Kenly following his San Fransisco show.
But despite trying to party his sorrows away, the actor still appeared to have a lot on his mind and was spotted looking glum at the club.
Second ex-wife: Sheen is also required to pay child support to Denise Richards to help support his daughters Sam and Lola
Second ex-wife: Sheen is also required to pay child support to Denise Richards to help support his daughters Sam and Lola

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