The child support system is in place to help ensure that children receive enough financial support from both parents, even if they no longer live together. However, determining how much a parent might be obliged to pay is not always a flawless process. If one parent’s situation changes, it can dramatically affect their ability to cover their child support payments. Parents in Arizona should feel prepared to appeal if they think the agreed amount is too high or low.
In a recent case that has captured media attention, the father of pop-star Beyoncé Knowles has won a dispute over child support obligations to the mother of his 4-year-old son. He was initially accused of being behind on his monthly payments, but managed to prove to the judge that he was no longer able to afford the set monthly amount.
Initially required to pay $12,000 a month, he was able to get the amount reduced to $2,485. This was already a blow to the child’s mother, but it was also not the end of the matter. Having shown that he did not have the means to pay $12,000 each month, he then went on to claim that the sum had been excessive all along. The judge agreed, ruling that he had been overpaying since February 2013.
This decision left him $110,000 in credit, meaning he would not need to make further payments for the subsequent three and a half years. Since then, the child’s mother has claimed that she and her son have had to resort to welfare. The decrease in income means they can no longer afford to support their current home.
Although this is happening elsewhere in the United States, Arizona parents can learn from the case. Dramatic changes in income like this can have serious repercussions for your child. It is often better for all concerned if disputes over your support agreement are resolved quickly, before the costs mount up. An attorney may be able to help you present your case and seek a resolution that is in the best interests of you and your child.
AZ Central, “Beyoncé Knowles’ father wins child support fight,” April 25, 2014