Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has been grabbing headlines lately after his much-publicized trip to North Korea. But the political hullabaloo surrounding Rodman these days may have overshadowed a more domestic problem for the star: his unpaid child support.
If you've been to any large store or watched any commercials recently, you probably have a good idea of what marketers think moms want for Mother's Day. Women want flowers, candy, a dinner date or homemade gifts from the children. So why did so many mothers also give something expensive on Mother's Day?
Soon after a high-profile murder case, Congress enacted legislation called the Violence Against Woman Act, aimed at preventing domestic violence and providing extra funding for the investigation and prosecution of offenders. But a report by non-profit group Stop Abusive and Violent Environments revealed that over 700,000 people are arrested on false domestic violence charges every year.
As we have touched on in previous posts, Frank and Jamie McCourt have had one of the most public and costly divorces in recent years, and it's not going to be over anytime soon. Who gets what assets - and the fate of the Los Angeles Dodgers - will be decided at a trial next spring or summer. The divorce proceedings are expected to last a month to 45 days.
When a couple has been married for a significant period of time, they grow accustomed to a new lifestyle together. For many couples in Washington, that means living more extravagantly and enjoying things that would not be available without two incomes. However, if the marriage ends in divorce, one spouse may be expected to provide financial support to the other spouse to help him or her maintain that lifestyle.
In Vancouver, spousal support is awarded to individuals after divorce to help ensure each spouse is able to maintain the same standard of living they grew accustomed to during the marriage.
The ongoing NFL lockout could make it difficult for the some women in Washington to receive alimony and child support payments. One such individual is a nurse who relies on money supplied by NFL player Antonio Cromartie to help take care of their child.
Raising a child can be a tremendous amount of work. In an ideal situation, both parents know they have parental responsibilities, and they work together to raise the child. In other situations, however, that is not quite what happens.