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Mother arrested after trying to kidnap son

Sadly, when two parents cannot behave civilly toward each other in Santa Ana, California, it is most often the child who ends up getting hurt the most. It is unfortunate, but it is not uncommon for parents to use their children as pawns in order to retaliate against the other in child custody cases.

One mother took her aggression against the father of her child a little too far recently. The 35-year-old mother was evidently not too happy that the father had child custody of her 2-year-old son because she broke into his house in an attempt to kidnap the child.

Man required to pay child support arrearage after death of child

When a parent fails to pay the court ordered child support in Santa Ana, California, he or she is considered to be in arrears until the amount owed is paid in full. Although a parent in arrears may produce a multitude of excuses as to why the child support has not been paid, he or she may face legal consequences such as penalties and fines as a result of his or her delinquency.

A 47-year-old man who has been in arrears for a number of years tried to get it eliminated after the death of his daughter. His daughter, who was 18 years old at the time, died in a house fire in April 2006. At the time of his daughter’s death, the man was behind bars for a 1997 murder conviction. He remains in prison where he is serving a 60-year sentence.

Social media impacts on divorce

Back before the invention of the internet, if a person wanted to get damaging evidence on the character or behavior of an ex-spouse, he or she was usually required to hire a personal investigator or jump through a variety of hoops in order to uncover the truth. With the popularity of social media these days, oftentimes the evidence is unknowingly put out there for all to see.

This is why experts warn divorcing couples to be careful about what they put on social media. A comment that may appear to be innocent could possibly be used by your ex in an effort to discredit you or make you look like an unfit parent. For example, posting photos of your children playing at the park when they should be in school can be used to show that you are not responsible enough to ensure that your children are where they are supposed to be.

Charlie Sheen stops making child support payments

In issues of child custody and support, just because one person does not hold up his or her end of the bargain does not mean the other person can legally do whatever he or she wants. It is not uncommon for divorced couples in Santa Ana, California to use the excuse that because one parent did not pay the required child support, he or she cannot see the children. This is a matter for the courts to deal with. It is best to continue fulfilling what you have been ordered to do rather than take a chance at breaking a court order and end up with legal trouble.

Charlie Sheen has reportedly stopped making child support payments to his 43-year-old ex-wife, Denise Richards. It appears that he is retaliating against Richards because Sheen claims she has not been allowing him to see their 8- and 9-year-old daughters. The 48-year-old actor is also reportedly planning on selling the home he bought for Richards and the girls in 2011. He bought the home so his daughters were closer to him.

NFL quarterback and wife reach divorce settlement

Before two people wed in Santa Ana, California, they may wish to enter into a prenuptial agreement, particularly if one of both people have significant assets. Prenuptial agreements outline what will happen with the finances, debt and community property if the couple should divorce. They can also set forth regulations on alimony, however, if the court finds the agreements unreasonable, those regulations may not stand.

A couple who entered into a prenup before they married reached a settlement in their divorce recently. NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart said his marriage was “irretrievably broken” when he filed for divorce last year on March 22.

R. Kelly’s ex-wife says he has not made child support payments

Some people in Santa Ana, California may believe that if they have power or influence, they can choose whether or not to pay alimony and child support. The truth is, no one is above the law. When a court order is given, it must be followed or the person risks the chance of being found in contempt of court. This can lead to serious fines and penalties and sometimes even jail time.

A person who may be facing these penalties is singer R. Kelly. His ex-wife says the singer has not paid her the required $20,833 a month in child support and is in arrears. This is not the first time Kelly has been late making child support payments. Last year he allegedly was $100,000 behind; an amount he eventually paid.

Ludacris seeks full custody of daughter, wants child support

When parents cannot agree about the custody arrangements for their children in Orange, California, a court typically has to decide what is in the best interest of the children. With so much at stake, these court cases can quickly turn into lengthy battles between parents, particularly if one side is dragging his or her feet. This is why it is so important to have proper legal representation who is experienced in family law and knows how to get results.

A celebrity who may be facing a long custody battle with the mother of his 2-month-old daughter is 36-year-old rapper Ludacris. The mother currently has custody of the child, and Ludacris was ordered to pay her $15,000 a month in child suppo rt.

QDROs may help enforce spousal and child support orders

It is not uncommon for a former spouse who is ordered to pay alimony or child support to stop paying or never make any payments to begin with, even after a settlement is reached in a divorce case in Orange, California. According to data collected during the U.S. Census, a majority of ex-husbands fall short in their financial obligations set forth in their divorce settlements.

This can put a huge financial burden on the other person to whom the support is owed. It can also be extremely frustrating and time-consuming to go through the process of getting your ex-spouse to pay.

Sperm donor ordered to pay child support

It wasn’t long ago that the issues of paternity and maternity were pretty clear cut in Santa Ana, California. However, with the advancements in science and the ability of a person to have a baby with the assistance of sperm donors, egg donors and surrogates, the issues surrounding who the legal parents are have become much more complicated.

A man who says he donated his sperm to help a lesbian couple conceive is now being held responsible for child support by the state. The man answered an ad on Craigslist in March 2009 that was placed by a lesbian couple looking for a sperm donor. He agreed to do it and gave the women three cups full of his sperm at no cost. He said he signed documents in which he agreed to give up parental rights and that he would not be held financially responsible for the child.

Woman sues ex-husband for hiding financial information in divorce

Many people in Orange, California have the mistaken belief that once a divorce is final, there is no changing the terms of the divorce, including child support and custody. This is just not the case. As circumstances change, either former spouse can ask the court to amend the terms to reflect his or her current situation, even decades after the divorce.

This is the case for a woman who sued her former billionaire husband for withholding financial information from her during their divorce in 1990. The two were married in 1979 and had two children. When they divorced a little over a decade later, the wife received $1 million and their $3.8 million Manhattan apartment. She also received $2,230 in child support each month. The husband agreed to pay for the children’s private schooling, tutoring, summer camp and extracurricular activities as well.

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