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R. Kelly ordered to pay $21,000 per month in child support

Noncustodial parents in Texas are generally required to care for their children regardless of their social status. After going to jail for failure to pay child support, singer R. Kelly was ordered to continue to pay $21,000 a month to care for his three children. In his home state of Illinois, failure to pay child support is a felony, and the singer spent three days in custody before paying the $161,000 he owed.

NBA star's wife wants $192,000 in monthly support

Texas residents who follow celebrity news may be aware that former NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Garnett and his wife of 14 years are getting divorced. When Garnett's wife filed divorce papers in July 2018, she cited irreconcilable differences and sought spousal support for herself and child support for the couple's 6-year-old and 10-year-old daughters. Court documents filed recently in California reveal what she is asking for, and it is unlikely the former basketball star is going to be pleased.

The process of obtaining back child support

Noncustodial parents in Texas are expected to pay child support as ordered. However, this doesn't always happen. In some cases, parents even move to a different state to avoid providing for their child financially. Custodial parents may be able to go to either a state or federal court to seek the money that they are owed. The type of venue that they go to depends on the facts of the case.

"Grey's Anatomy" star may pay big for owed family support

Celebrity separations are open to a lot more public scrutiny than the average divorce, which only adds to the challenges faced by any married couple in that situation. In the case of "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams, court documents reveal that the initial divorce proceedings may not be the end of his struggle over the details of family support and child access. His legal battle over finances and custody with his ex-wife serve as a reminder to all Texas couples about the potential developments of life after divorce.

Child support problems and potential solutions

Some Texas parents may wonder if it is possible to terminate the obligation to pay child support, especially if they are struggling with a financial crisis or locked in a battle over access with their former partners. In most cases, it is nearly impossible to end the child support obligation before a child turns 18, but there are some actions that people can take to protect their financial health and their rights to have time with their children.

Help for parents who can't afford child support

The best interests of children are usually on everyone's mind when decisions about child support are made. Unfortunately, the family court system in Texas is very flawed, and parents are sometimes required to pay far more than they can actually afford on their level of income. Parents who have this type of financial trouble get a lot of negative attention, sometimes even obtaining the label of deadbeat from the media. As a result, they may too afraid or ashamed to ask for help.

What to know about child support during the shutdown

Federal employees who are parents and who aren't working because of the government shutdown are still required to make child support payments. However, authorities in Texas say that they are aware the shutdown could make it difficult to make those payments on time. Parents are encouraged to contact state authorities to discuss their options and to possible make alternate payment arrangements. Noncustodial parents are also encouraged to talk with the custodial parent about alternate payment options.

Child support is the leading reason for wage garnishment in U.S.

When noncustodial parents in Texas are unable to meet child support obligations, one possible method of collection is wage garnishment. Roughly 7 percent of Americans have money automatically subtracted from their paychecks for garnishment purposes, according to data collected by a leading research institute. It's a process that's sometimes a source of stress for both employees and employers. However, garnishment is not the same across all job sectors and geographic locations.

Determining the need for DNA paternity testing

It's fairly common for DNA testing to be involved in family law cases in Texas when there are questions about parentage. Sometimes during divorce, people question whether they are actually their children's biological parent. Paternity can also become an issue if couples were unmarried when a child was conceived. In situations like this, a father is not automatically considered a child's legal father. In fact, an "alleged father" does not have to be listed on a birth certificate as a father unless he has been legally determined to be so.