COVID-19 is an unprecedented health pandemic that has raised new concerns with many unexpected issues. One of those issues is child support. Many employers are struggling with problems resulting from the temporary Coronavirus crisis; however, those problems are causing permanent changes to their businesses. The effects on the company are in turn affecting the individual employees. Individuals are experiencing reduced income due to diminished hours at work, temporary layoffs, and, in some cases, termination of their employment position.
A 42-year-old California man was recently ordered to pay $62,000 in back child support payments and sentenced to five years probation. Additionally, The South Lake Tahoe, California, resident will have to keep up with current monthly payments owed to his daughter's mother. The judge also gave the man a three-year suspended prison sentence, and ordered him to abstain from alcohol and drugs.
In a child support battle, it is important for the feuding parents to put the needs of the child ahead of their own for the sake of the health and well-being of the child. In a recent celebrity case, Mel Gibson has been ordered to pay $750,000 in child support to his ex-girlfriend, Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva. The payment is to be divided into thirds, with Grigorieva receiving the last payment in 2016.