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BEYONCE’S FATHER GRANTED REDUCTION IN CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS

Maryland readers of this blog may be interested to learn about a recent decision to lower the child support payments owed by the father of singer and celebrity Beyonc Knowles. Matthew Knowles reportedly fathered a son. He was married to another woman at the time. He was originally ordered to pay $12,000 monthly for child support. Knowles asked for the reduced payment amount because he said his income has been lessened dramatically. He said the change came after Beyonc let him know his services as her manager were no longer needed. He does not mention the famous singer by name, but the implication is clear from a reading of the court documents. The support payments were reduced by more than $120,000 a year and will now total $2,500. Knowles was also ordered to pay $15,000 to cover legal fees incurred by the boy's mother during this child support battle. The…

MARYLAND CENTER PUSHES FOR RIGHTS OF BOTH PARENTS TO RAISE CHILD

To every child, parents are parents. Even if dad has dealt drugs, been in jail and has prison tattoos on his face, he's still "Dad". However, not all men who have a "past" understand the rights of both parents under the law. In Baltimore, Maryland, a group is dedicated to helping dads realize that when it comes to the rights of both parents to collaboratively raise a child when possible, having made serious errors in judgment doesn't mean forgoing fatherhood. The Center for Urban Families has helped many dads become better educated for both successful careers and positive parenting. As men who have sought the Center for assistance have noted, the Center is a place for them to work on being optimistic about the years ahead. The Center, which has been open for about 14 years, claims to have worked with thousands of city residents, including hundreds of dads. Of…

EX-SPOUSE PLEADS GUILTY TO OWING AROUND $90,000 IN CHILD SUPPORT

Many in Maryland know that child support can be an extremely complex and demanding ordeal for both parents involved. The parent raising the child alone often has to struggle to provide adequate food and clothing for their child, and the parent sending payments must sometimes worry about not having enough income to afford payments. One divorced mother has been forced to experience some of these issues first hand when her husband failed to make child support payments for nearly 20 years. Authorities say that the woman's ex-husband, a 54-year-old man, had around $90,000 in unpaid child support payments in 2011. After the county and the state seemed incapable of collecting from the man, his case was transferred to a federal level. The man eventually pleaded guilty for his failing to pay child support, and a court date is currently being determined. The report did not mention if the mother had…

FATHERS MUST LEAVE CHILD SUPPORT OUT OF CUSTODY BATTLES

In Maryland child custody matters, it was once considered the norm for mothers to retain full custody of any shared children, with fathers receiving the right to visit with the kids on certain days throughout the month. Fathers were also expected to pay child support to assist with the costs of raising the kids. However, in recent years more and more fathers are playing an active role in the upbringing of their children, and when these marriages end in divorce, the father often wants to continue the same level of involvement in their lives. When facing child custody negotiations, there are some things that fathers can do to bolster their efforts to gain equal or shared custody of their children. Chief among these is to begin with an aggressive stance toward the division of parenting time. Fathers should make it clear from the very beginning that they are not willing…

POWERBALL WINNINGS WILL LIKELY BE USED TO PAY PAST DUE CHILD SUPPORT

Parents in Maryland and beyond are legally obligated to support their children financially. That is why child support is such an important issue in many divorce cases. Maryland residents likely heard about a man in a nearby state who recently won $338 million in the Powerball lottery. The man said he planned to use the money that he won to help people in need. He may also buy himself a car. However, it appears that a portion of the money will be used to pay past due child support. According to reports, the man owes close to $30,000 in child support. No matter what state people live in, children should be raised in stable homes and given every opportunity to succeed. In order for them to succeed, though, parents need to follow through on their child support obligations. In Maryland, specific guidelines are used by the courts to determine whether…

DEADBEAT PARENT OWES $1.2 MILLION IN CHILD SUPPORT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched an online list labeled the "Most Wanted Deadbeat Parents List" last year. At the top of that list was a man who owed $1.2 million in child support payments for three children from his two former marriages. The 50-year-old man pleaded guilty recently in an East Coast courtroom on two counts of failing to pay child support dating back to at least 2002. When the man first became delinquent, he fled to Florida in the hopes of avoiding the payments. Later he would flee to Thailand where he apparently became tired of living on the run and subsequently contacted authorities in the later part of last year. Back in November of last year, man flew from Thailand to the Philippines where he was promptly deported from back to the U.S. because he lacked proper identification. The man faces up to four…

‘PRIME TIME’ DEION SANDERS GETS CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS REDUCED

When a divorce involves children, it is always essential that Maryland courts look out for the best interests of the children. It is for this reason that courts deliberate on what the correct amount of child support should be and what the parental rights should be with regards to custody. It is a delicate balance that the courts sometimes get wrong. Deion Sanders can rejoice at the fact that in the case of his divorce, the court sought to rectify his initial child support payments. Mr. Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar Sanders were back in court before the holidays to address child support payments. Pilar took her former husband and NFL star back to court for what she said was roughly $50,000 in unpaid child support payments. Deion's initial payments were to be $10,550 per month for the daughter he had with Pilar. He acknowledged that he has consistently…