After a divorce, the more affluent Pennsylvania parent is expected to provide financially for a child and, often, a former spouse. When that parent refuses, for whatever reason, to make child support payments, he or she may find himself or herself in front of a judge for an explanation. That is what recently happened to Gene Freidman, also known as the Taxi King, for not paying his ex-wife, Sandra, over $400,000 in child support.
A familiar way of life comes to an end when a Pennsylvania couple gets a divorce. A shared household, family calendar or bank account can suddenly become complicated when attempting to divide habitual responsibilities. The purpose of child and spousal support is to continue the standard of living maintained in the marriage. Actress Alicia Silverstone is facing a spousal support order in her divorce settlement.
A Pennsylvania woman who raises a child on her own usually has several concerns. One of the most troubling is child support. Some women earn a paycheck that will enable their children to have wants as well as needs, but some do not and need the financial support an ex can provide. One woman is seeking child support and sole custody from the father of her unborn child.
When it comes to paternity and support lawsuits, it often seems that professional athletes and entertainers top the list. The everyday person who denies paternity and refuses to pay child support does not seem to be nearly as newsworthy. Pennsylvania basketball devotees may know the name Marcus Camby and may be interested that he is being taken to court for child support.
Upon the ending of a marriage, many Pennsylvania parents will attempt to come to an agreement on several financial issues. One of the most important is that of child support. Former NBA player, Matt Barnes, is fighting with his ex-wife, Gloria Govan, in his attempt to decrease the amount of child support he pays her each month.
Other than the possibility of a child going without essential elements such as food, clothing and medical care, not providing financial support with respect to a child can have personal consequences. A Pennsylvania parent who neglects to pay court-ordered child support may have his or her wages garnished, driver's license revoked, and/or possibly be sentenced to jail time and fines on top of the amount overdue. One man has been convicted for owing nearly $60,000 in child support and is currently awaiting sentencing.
When a Pennsylvania couple is married and they have a child, they both are expected to contribute to the upbringing of the child, financially, emotionally and physically. Just because the parents decide to end their marriage does not mean that role ends for the parent who is not granted primary custody. Child support and time spent during visitation periods are often more important when the family is not what it once was. One man who is planning to run for governor of his state may have to spend some time in jail for not paying child support.
Many Pennsylvania custodial parents recognize how detrimental it could be to not receive even one court-ordered child support check. Some of them have had to deal with an ex who rarely pays the full amount, if at all. A verdict has recently been rendered in the case of a father who was accused of not paying child support over a number of years.
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.
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.