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May 31, 1989
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved creation of an 11-member board to recommend ways to improve collection of child-support payments. The Family Support Advisory Board is the outgrowth of a recent report showing that the district attorney's office, with almost 300,000 active child-support cases, has one of the worst collection rates in the state. Assistant Dist. Atty. Curt Livesay told supervisors that his office is installing a new computer system to help track parents who fail to make their payments.
March 12, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teenager who sued her parents for financial support after she left their home, has proved Thomas Wolfe wrong: It seems you can, indeed, go home again, despite legal unpleasantness. Canning, 18, a cheerleader, athlete and honor student, returned to the safety and security of her family in Roseland, N.J. Her lawyer, Angelo Sarno told reporters that the teenager "has returned home and reunited with her parents and siblings. Her return home is not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations.
April 20, 1989
Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan set in motion the second phase of last year's landmark welfare reform law, publishing rules forcing states to vigorously pursue child support payments. Sullivan said the proposed regulations, published in Wednesday's Federal Register, would for the first time set specific time limits that states must follow when responding to requests for assistance in establishing and enforcing child support orders. Limits would be established for opening and maintaining case records, locating absent parents, establishing paternity, enforcing support obligations and receiving and distributing support payments.
December 24, 2013 | By Anh Do
A man battling his former wife over child support and custody allegedly tried to hire an undercover detective to kill her, Orange County prosecutors allege. Authorities on Monday charged William John Wallace, 33, of Santa Ana with one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, and two felony counts of solicitation to commit murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. Authorities say Wallace hired a private investigator in August to find negative information about the woman, eager to use it against her in court, where child support payments would be decided.
May 18, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
[ For the record, 1:10 p.m. June 1 : A report in the Knoxville News-Sentinel has found that some details in this post are incorrect. Hatchett has 24 children, not 30. And he was not in court in May to ask for a reduction in child-support payments; he has not been in court since 2009, a Tennessee judge told the News-Sentinel.] You have to say this much for Desmond Hatchett: He has a way with the ladies. The 33-year-old Knoxville, Tenn., resident has reportedly set a Knox County record for his ability to reproduce.
January 16, 1989
While we realize that your paper cannot list all of the new California laws for 1989 in every area of importance, we would like to point out an important new law in the area of child support which was not mentioned and also expand on one that your paper did mention (Part I, Jan. 2). SB 1019, sponsored by Sen. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) allows retroactive child support in paternity cases back to three years, even when there is no court order. California is now one of three states in the country to address this issue.
May 7, 2012 | By Nardine Saad
Linda Evangelista and her ex-flame Francois-Henri Pinault settled their contentious, two-year child support battle Monday. The former supermodel, 46, and French businessman, 49, who is currently married to actress Salma Hayek, did not reveal the details of the settlement. Attorneys plan to hand over specifics to a magistrate on Tuesday. "Everybody's glad for the sake and the benefit of the child that it's done," Pinault's lawyer David Aronson said outside the Manhattan Family Court.
November 24, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I'm a single mom with three kids. My mortgage is $1,700. My other monthly bills include $355 for a car loan, $755 for school tuition, $350 for utilities, $790 for credit cards, $200 for gas, $208 for braces and $235 for a 401(k) contribution. This leaves no money for food. I get no child support. How can I pay down my credit card debt? I don't have any money for a baby sitter or I could get a second job. Answer: The way you pay down credit card debt is by reducing expenses and increasing income to free up extra cash.
November 20, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than $14 billion in child support was left unpaid to American parents in a single year - more than 1 out of every 3 dollars that were due, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday. Millions of parents are awarded child support every year, but getting it is another story. Fewer than half of eligible parents received all of the child support they were due in 2011, according to a newly released report based on the Current Population Survey. About a quarter got none. Most parents were granted support through formal legal agreements established by the courts or other government entities.
October 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Pauly D, of "Jersey Shore" fame, is looking forward to being a father to the baby girl he recently found out he fathered. And... drama's here! The spiky-haired DJ, real name Paul DelVecchio, revealed this week that he has a little girl named Amabella Sophia whom he fathered during an August 2012 fling with a woman who has been identified as Amanda Markert. PHOTOS: The Hollywood baby boom The woman, whom DelVecchio met while he was deejaying a gig at Las Vegas' Rehab nightclub, is reportedly a friend of one of his security team's girlfriends, E!
October 1, 2013
Re "Wrenching choices for all," Column, Sept. 28 I agree with Sandy Banks that the adults involved in the custody case of Baby Veronica need to put aside the acrimony and do what is best for the child. However, I do not share Banks' sympathy for the father, Dusten Brown, or other dads who at first walk away and refuse to pay child support. It was Brown who declared himself a "sperm donor" when he chose to relinquish his parental rights so he wouldn't be saddled with child support.
July 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
For at least two decades, the California family code stated that sperm donors were not to be considered the fathers of the children they helped conceive. That was supposed to protect both the men donating sperm - often anonymously and for money - and the women who used it to get pregnant but who didn't want the donor involved in the child's life. Two years ago, the code was amended to allow an exception when the donor and the woman had a written agreement to the contrary, signed before conception.
June 5, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Colorado became the latest state to pass a law that compensates the wrongfully convicted for their time behind bars. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill Wednesday in Denver, accompanied by exonerated convict Robert Dewey, who had fought for its passage. “It's quite an accomplishment getting the bill passed, not only for me and my family, but for guys coming up behind me,” Dewey told the Los Angeles Times. “It's a good day, a new chapter in my life, not dwelling on the past - moving forward.” It was thrill for Dewey and his Denver-based attorney, Danyel Joffe, who has represented him in his fight for freedom and compensation.
April 5, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Britain's Daily Mail has issued an unusual high-profile apology and will pay an unspecified settlement to Journey guitarist Neal Schon in connection with an article that falsely characterized him as a "deadbeat dad" who slighted his children and ex-wife while showering his fiancee with pricey jewelry. The newspaper issued its statement regarding Schon and fiancee Michaele Salahi on the U.K. Home page of its Mail Online website. "We accept that these allegations are untrue and apologise to Mr. Schon, Ms. Salahi and the family for any distress caused," the statement said.
February 21, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A man branded the nation's worst deadbeat dad by federal officials pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he failed to pay more than $1 million in child support after a run from the law that took him around the world and ended with his arrest in Los Angeles.   Robert Sand, 50, was a successful businessman who lived in the suburbs of Long Island east of New York City before disappearing more than 10 years ago. He had been married twice and had three children, including a daughter with his second wife whom he left in 2001.
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