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Court-ordered child support payment stuns fans

While some non-custodial Pennsylvania parents find it hard to pay even $100 each month in child support, others do not blink when they hand over 10 times that much. In addition, they may think nothing of paying for other expenses, such as medical treatments or extracurricular activities. The amount of child support said to be paid by one NBA star has eyebrows raised.

Blake Griffin, player for the Detroit Pistons, was reportedly told by the court presiding over the financial support litigation for his two children with Brynn Cameron that his obligation was $258,000 each month. However, both Griffin and Cameron have denied that figure, saying the report was erroneous. Because of confidentiality constraints, the actual amount the basketball star will have to pay will remain private.

Marriage of elected officials ends in divorce

The reasons a Pennsylvania couple decides to divorce are numerous. No matter the reason, however, there is at least a little sorrow for most separated couples. A husband and wife who were elected to serve their fellow citizens have been granted a divorce.

The husband is a district court judge and the wife a county commissioner as well as a schoolteacher. She was the first to file for divorce, just a month after their 16th anniversary. They both claimed that the marriage had failed to the point where what they once had could not be recovered.

John Schneider prefers jail time over paying spousal support

When it comes to paying support to their former spouses, some in Pennsylvania who have to pay it would do almost anything to get out of that financial obligation. One person choosing the "anything" would be the original Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider. He is requesting jail time over paying spousal support to his ex-wife, Elly.

Schneider was behind in his alimony payments and was sentenced to a three-day jail term. However, he was discharged the same day due to state's overloaded penal system. There were several financial conditions he could have met to suspend another five-day jail sentence for contempt, but he stated that, although he would like to take advantage of the opportunity, he had too much debt to be able to meet those conditions.

Facebook assists in child support case

There is a lot in the news these days about arrests of non-custodial parents who have not paid child support. Custodial parents in Pennsylvania know how frustrating it can be when an expected payment is not received and the child has to go without something he or she may need or want. Via a fairly new tactic, at least to some circles of law enforcement, police were able to track down one father for non-payment of child support.

Police say they have tried to find the father for the last several years, as he is facing felony charges from not paying his ex enough child support. Although he made periodic payments over the last 11 years, he still owes just over $5,000. Toward the end of last year, police were able to locate the man out of state.

Father faces job loss, jail time in nonpayment of child support

Child support is the responsibility of both parents, whether they are together or not. It can be constricting to the finances of a noncustodial parent, but not receiving regular payments can be detrimental to the custodial parent and the child. Pennsylvania parents may be interested in the story of a police officer who lied about his paycheck, just so he would not have to pay so much in child support.

An investigation into a separate incident involving this police officer uncovered the fact that he did not pay over $15,000 in child support in the last years before his child reached the age of 21 in 2017. To keep from making the payments his income warranted, he allegedly lied to a family court judge about the adjustment in his paychecks five years ago. He is on restricted duty while he awaits judgment.

Divorce nesting? Your child may experience less emotional trauma

As more parents see the emotional toll divorce takes on children, they naturally might seek a creative way to alleviate the stress of an impending separation. Nesting is a secure way for children to maintain balance and normalcy during the upheaval of a divorce.

In a nesting agreement, the family keeps the marital home and both parents own it. Instead of a traditional custody agreement in which parents bring children back and forth between their individual homes, parents move in and out of the shared home. Nesting may provide the consistency many children need when experiencing a parental divorce.

Father fights for child custody amid abuse allegations

Some Pennsylvania fathers who are fighting for child custody know the frustration of having to go through numerous channels to be named the custodial parent. Some are struggling with state departments of family and children services and others are facing opposition in court. One father is fighting to gain child custody of his daughter from her mother, his ex-girlfriend.

The man's war against the DCS in another state has been going on for a few years. Some of the allegations of which he has tried to make the agency aware have been over visitation problems and his daughter's lack of hygiene. He says that DCS has done nothing in taking the girl from her mother and placing her with him.

Rapper Rick Ross revisits child support agreement

Most Pennsylvania custodial parents know they can take an ex back to court for child support modifications should there be substantial changes in income for either parent. A new order by the court will need to be obtained for the required adjustments to take place. Tia Kemp, the woman who shares a son with rapper Rick Ross has requested and received an increase in child support from the performer.

Kemp made an attempt to legally name Ross as her son's father in 2007, who was a year old at the time. It took three years but an agreement was reached over the matters of custody and financial support. However, as Ross' entertainment popularity and fan base increased over the years, so did his bank account. Kemp tried in 2015 to get more child support but said Ross would not give her requested information on his finances on which she could base a petition for a more realistic monthly sum.

Mother takes child support case to appellate court

Some Pennsylvania custodial parents know it can be extremely frustrating dealing with matters of child support. Sometimes the ex does not comply with a court order to pay, and sometimes the court will not consider the heartfelt plea to reexamine a previous ruling. That is what happened to one mother who asked a panel to review an earlier child support decision.

When the woman and her husband divorced five years ago, the judge presiding over their child support case ruled that the husband did not have to pay child support for a period of time because changes in the man's salary had taken a turn for the worse. After three years, the woman returned to court with the same presiding judge and asked him to reevaluate her ex-husband's finances and order him to begin paying child support. Although the father's salary was nearly twice what it had been at the time of the initial ruling, the judge declared that, were the mother working a full-time job instead of part-time, the salary she would be earning would be almost as much as that of her ex, and therefore there was not enough difference to overturn his previous decision.

Are pets considered property or family in divorce?

In many states, divorce courts view pets as property, not as the much-loved member of the family they really are. Typically, the spouse that has possession of the pet will keep it.

This view is beginning to change, with more and more states adopting laws that treat pets as members of the family. In these states, one spouse may be awarded custody, or the divorcing couple may be awarded joint custody.

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