A man is suing his former girlfriend's new boyfriend, alleging that together with his ex, the other man conspired to conceal her financial situation from the court during a child support proceeding. The proceeding ended in an unusually high award for the mother of the child, who is now 5-years-old.
Many Las Vegas readers have probably noticed the trend without reading any of the new stories about - marriage is at an all-time low in the United States. Experts at the Pew Research Center put it simply, saying that instead of getting married, many young people are choosing cohabitation, single parenthood, or other types of nontraditional living arrangements.
Typically, most child support issues involve two people who have had some sort of relationship, whether it is through marriage or not, and their children. But what happens when a case involves three people, one of whom was never really part of the equation in the first place?
Historically (and currently), the paternity of a child can only be conclusively determined after the child is born. Soon, however, that may no longer be the case. Researchers are working on a new prenatal paternity test which, if it becomes widely available in Las Vegas and throughout the U.S., could significantly change the process of - and mindset around - paternity testing.
About 10 years ago, a state supreme court ruled that it was permissible for a family court judge in the state to forbid a parent from having any more children until he could show that he was able to financially support all of his children. That order did not violate the parent's constitutional right to procreate, the court stated in its ruling, because it was not preventing the parent from having children. It was merely requiring the parent to make all court-ordered child support payments before having any more kids.
In today's troubled economy, many Las Vegas parents have lost their jobs, have been unemployed for a significant period of time or have been forced to take jobs that pay significantly less than they earned in their previous positions. With parents out of work and barely able to make ends meet, it makes sense that Nevada family court judges are hesitant to order them to make high child support and alimony payments.
In the United States, the family laws of each state are created, enacted and upheld by the legislature and courts of that state with little input from the federal government. This means that many key areas of family law, such as child custody and child support, can differ significantly from state to state.
Earlier this month, legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives which, if it becomes law, will make it much easier for parents and state agencies to collect child support from parents who live in other countries.
Former professional baseball player Dennis Rodman has been sentenced to 104 hours of community service for allegedly failing to pay child support. He will also serve three years of 'informal probation,' conditioned on his continued payment of child and spousal support during that time.
If you read the title of this article, you may be wondering why this story justifies a post in our Las Vegas family law blog. It seems fairly common: a father was ordered to pay child support for twin children that were born via in vitro fertilization (IVF) while he was still married to the children's mother.