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Mel Gibson's ex faces lawsuit after child support dispute

Some people in Pennsylvania may remember actor Mel Gibson's disputes with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Grigorieva rejected an offered $15 million deal from Gibson but accepted a settlement of $750,000 in 2011. She subsequently sued her lawyers, saying she was coerced into making a bad deal in her custody disagreement with Gibson, but she later dropped the lawsuit.

Judge orders actress Jodie Sweetin to pay child support

Pennsylvania fans of the actress Jodie Sweetinnbmay have heard that she has been ordered to pay child support to her ex-husband Morty Coyle. On Dec. 15, a judge ordered her to make two payments per month of $1,400 each. The payments are due on the first and 15th.

Rap artist Kodak Black ordered to pay child support

Pennsylvanians who follow news from the world of rap music may know that Kodak Black has been embroiled in a lengthy child support battle with the mother of his 2-year-old son. Recently, a court issued its final orders in the case, and the hip hop star will pay $4,200 per month until his son reaches the age of majority.

The gig economy and child support payments

Those who owe child support in Pennsylvania may make it easier to hide their income by working a contract job. Even if the state knows that a parent is making money though Uber or a similar company, it may only be possible to garnish wages if the company agrees to cooperate. Under most state laws, employers are required to add new hires to child support databases. However, this generally only applies to new employees as opposed to contract workers.

Wife of model-turned-felon seeking child support

Pennsylvania residents may be interested to learn that a 33-year-old man whose mugshot quickly became viral was sued for child and spousal support. According to man's wife, from whom he is in the process of divorcing, the felon-turned-model only spends about two days each month with their 7-year-old son.

Miguel Cabrera sued for child support

Berks County baseball fans might be interested in learning that Miguel Cabrera, a slugger with the Detroit Lions, has been sued by a woman in Orlando for allegedly failing to pay her enough child support for two children who he fathered with her. Cabrera, who has been married to his wife since 2002, reportedly fathered the two children with the Florida woman in 2013 and 2015. He has three children with his wife as well.

Majority of wage garnishees are men

Companies in Berks County often have their hands full processing wage garnishments when they do payroll. A study produced by the ADP Research Institute examined payroll records and identified trends in wage garnishment. These court orders that require collections of child support, back taxes or other debts directly from paychecks overwhelmingly affect men. Among people having their wages garnished, 71 percent of them are men. Child support is the leading cause of these types of court orders.

Child support calculators do not include all circumstances

Pennsylvania parents who are considering a divorce might be thinking about how much child support they or their spouse will pay monthly. If they choose to look up the amount using a child support calculator worksheet that corresponds to state laws, they might find later on that a judge will order a different monthly payment amount.

Child support modification made easier

In Pennsylvania, separated parents can modify child support payments due to circumstances such as loss of income or change in marital status. To establish a child support modification, it is necessary for both parents to agree to the new terms, and a judge has to order the change. While this is a complicated process, there are a few tips that can help make requesting a child support modification a bit easier.

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