Divorce is a common occurrence in the United States, and Texas, as well as the other states, has developed law, rules and regulations that control how divorce issues are handled. Child support or child maintenance is a growing issue, especially as more couples divorce in the U.S. and the number of single parents rises. When the court awards custody to one parent, the other parent generally pays child support. This ensures that both parents have a significant role in the child’s formative years and that no parent is allowed to shirk her or his duties of parenthood.
Brandi Glanville, an actress from the series, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian, is currently arguing about child support.
Glanville has been divorced from Cibrian since 2010. Cibrian then married country singer LeAnn Rimes the following year. The separated duo share joint custody of their two sons, who live with either parent alternately. Glanville recently tweeted that Cibrian has asked her for child support for their two minor sons in spite of the fact that his current wife has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Although Cibrian has denied such claims, he is believed to have instituted legal action against his former wife.
In family law, child support is a parental obligation after the divorce has occurred. The child support amount differs from state to state and depends on the income of the parents, requirements of the child and establishment of paternity.
In extreme cases, payments can be taken through wage withholding, offset against unemployment reimbursement payments, liens on possessions, seizure and sale of property. A federal legislation from 1992 imposes criminal penalties for noncustodial parents who deliberately do not pay for their children who live in another state if such payments are due for more than a year or surpass $5,000. Another law, enacted in 1975, ensures that child support responsibilities cannot be avoided by filing for bankruptcy.
Like any divorce or post-divorce issue, it can be very challenging and emotional to deal with. Disputing about child support could create hardships on the parents and children involved. This is why it is in the best interest of individuals involved to seek advice about the possible courses of action they could take.
Source: Fox News, “Brandi Glanville, Eddie Cibrian argue over child support claims,” Feb. 20, 2014