It might have seemed like a fun, innocent idea at the time when a man posted a picture of him smiling with a bundle of money on Facebook. It would have been a wise idea for him to have thought about his family situation, however, before sharing a picture that has now made national news.
A local mayor is going through the process of divorce. The North Carolina divorce isn't even finalized; yet, there are already disagreements regarding the terms of the split. More specifically, the estranged couple disagrees about how much money the husband should have to pay during the separation.
There are many instances where the paternity of a child may be disputed. Often those disputes revolve around child support payments. When this question is asked, it normally comes soon after the pregnancy is discovered. At times, the presumed father may have doubts about paternity. Maybe the mother wants to confirm the identity of the father. In any of these cases, going through a pregnancy not knowing the paternity can be stressful for all involved.Until recently, that uncertainty would simply need to be tolerated until after the baby was born, unless the woman submitted to an amniocentesis test which is highly invasive and potentially dangerous. But with new technology paternity can be established through a blood test of the mother combined with a simple cheek swab of the expected father. The test can be done as early as during the first trimester of pregnancy.
You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that there are many parents who are not paying their court-ordered child support. What might surprise you, though, is just how widespread the problem is. More than $100 billion in back child support payments was still unpaid in 2009, according to CNNMoney. For low-income parents, unpaid child support creates a crisis. Child support payments account for 45 percent of the income of poor parents, and when it's not paid there is often no money for such necessities for the kids as dentist visits and eyeglasses.
A high percentage of children in the United States are born out-of-wedlock. Legally establishing a child's father is important, and there are different paths parents can take to establish paternity in North Carolina.
A bill impacting child support and domestic violence protective orders was signed last month by Governor Perdue. The bill clarifies when child support terminates for children enrolled in early college programs, and amends the laws pertaining to domestic violence protective orders.
From diapers to formula to clothing, new parents are often shocked at how many expenses come with their new baby. Although what parents spend their money on will change as the child grows, the expenses continue to add up. According to a recent government report, middle income parents who had a baby last year should expect to spend around $300,000 on their child over the course of 17 years.
These days many women work outside the home, and more and more have high profile executive positions. These positions come with more power and higher salaries, but also increased financial responsibility when supporting a family. A new survey shows more women are paying spousal and child support to men following divorce or separation.
As part of a month-long campaign called Operation Support Your Child, North Carolina law enforcement recently took into custody several parents behind on child support payments. Those arrested included one father owing $65,000 in past due payments.
It's that time of year again- time to file taxes that is. Although filling out tax forms can be challenging for anyone, there are additional issues to be aware of for couples who have divorced. These include how alimony and child support are factored into the equation.