Texas television fans might remember actress Jodie Sweetin, who starred in the 1980s sitcom "Full House". After a long period of relatively little work, she landed a role in 2016 on the show's offshoot "Fuller House", and it gave her income a substantial increase. Jodie divorced her now 8-year-old daughter's father in 2010, and the original decree stated that she was to pay him $600 per month in child support.
Over the years, Sweetin fell behind in her obligation, but her recent good fortune has allowed her to catch up on delinquent payments to the tune of $10,000. Sweetin also agreed in an out-of-court settlement to pay her ex-husband $2,000 a month in child support. She also has a daughter with another ex-husband, and she is required to pay approximately $1,850 per month in support. Sweetin is reportedly making about $6,000 a month in her role on the new television show.
When taking into account the basic cost of raising a child, and then adding medical needs and extracurricular expenses, the total can quickly become a substantial amount of money. If a negative financial situation causes a parent to fall behind, the impact can become overwhelming. It may take going back to court for child support modification, but sometimes, as in this case, the parties may come to a reasonable agreement outside the courtroom.
Child support is often one of the more contentious aspects of a divorce, but as many parents well know, disputes can take place long after the marriage has ended. A family law attorney could be of assist in seeking enforcement of an original child support order for a parent who is having problems collecting what it owed.