Mother of Ludacris’s daughter asks for more child support

By |2022-10-07T09:41:05+00:0017 Jan 2014|Categories: Child Support, Child Support Modification, Custodial Parent, Income, Penalties|

After the birth of his new daughter, rapper and actor Christopher Bridges, better known to fans as Ludacris, is attempting to have a cap of $1,700 put on his alimony payments. However, in a lawsuit, the baby’s mother contends that he should pay more than that, claiming that he spends more money on his lawn and pets. In addition, she wants him to pay her legal fees so that she can secure the services of a good lawyer.

In Orange County, California, like elsewhere in the country, many divorced or unwed parents depend on child support, which is important for a child’s well-being. Delayed or inadequate child support can compromise the best interests of the child. Additionally, missed payments place an additional burden on custodial parents because they then have to depend solely on their own income to provide for their children’s needs.

The amount of child support is decided by court order. Once the amount is set, the paying parent has to comply or face the penalties.

Also, a child’s needs may change over time, requiring the noncustodial parent to pay a higher amount. On the other hand, noncustodial parents may face challenges that render them unable to pay the required amount. Although some payers are delinquent for no good reason, many noncustodial parents are forced to delay child support payments because of valid reasons, such as failing health or limited income.

Luckily, both noncustodial and custodial parents have options when their circumstances change. If they are having difficulty collecting child support, custodial parents may report the issue and ask for legal help. If noncustodial parents have legitimate difficulties making payments, they can seek a court-ordered modification. If the support amount is either inadequate or too high, either parent may seek a child support modification.

Source: ABC23 KERO, “Ludacris in Child Support Battle over Baby Daughter,” Jan. 5, 2013

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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