We are all familiar with the stories of single parents who are struggling to get by because their ex refuses to pay their court-ordered support. California parents throughout the state face financial hardship because their children's other parent refuses - or can't afford to - pay the court-mandated child support amount. The matter can become even more complicated when spouses remarry. Juggling incoming and outgoing child support payments can be a nightmare. Even though you may not be receiving the amount of child support you are entitled to, there are several steps you can take to improve your chances of seeing the money.
The star of the popular show "Two and a Half Men" is facing a real-life divorce and child support dilemma that rivals the experience of his on-screen character. Jon Cryer's ex-wife, who shares custody with him, is seeking a 10-fold increase in her child support payments, claiming that the 13-year-old boy is unable to keep pace with his friends at a high-end private school. The woman is seeking a raise to $88,000 per month to accompany her increase in custody responsibility; before June, the woman had only 4 percent custody of the child. She is now responsible for him about half the time.
Ex-Major League Baseball All-Star Danny Tartabull has won the top spot on the Los Angeles "Most Wanted" list for deadbeat dads because he owes back child support to the tune of more than $276,000 for his two sons, according to the Los Angeles Count Child Support Services Department.
Once upon a time in the Los Angeles Superior Court, actor Charlie Sheen agreed to child support of $55,000 per month for twin boys he had with Brooke Mueller, an ex-wife who at one time supported herself as a real estate agent.
Under any circumstances, divorce for most people promises weeks of nervous negotiations and waiting, and perhaps even trading mountains of paper between the attorneys for the parties.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has been making headlines lately, but its for his battles in court instead of on the court. Nash and his ex-wife, Alejandra, are in a heated dispute over whether Alejandra should be allowed to move to California with the couple's three children.