A Texas child support dispute will now play itself out in the courts of North Carolina. A Houston woman has petitioned a North Carolina court to enforce a Texas child support order against Carolina Panther Brandon LaFell. The woman claims the NFL player owes her thousands in delinquent child support payments for their son, who turns two in January. LaFell's agent says the Texas court issued a child support modification order reducing LaFell's obligation from $4,000 to $1,500, which is the maximum allowed under the Texas child support guidelines for one child. The woman's attorney says the modification order never was signed by the judge, who ordered the $4,000 due to extenuating circumstances relating to the child's health issues. The amount in dispute is at least $23,000. The case is scheduled for trial in February.
The Dallas County Sheriff's Department and four separate Dallas County Constable Offices teamed with the Texas Attorney General's Office in a child support enforcement effort. Law enforcement officials hit the streets in the early morning hours of December 11 and arrested 51 parents for failure to pay child support before they could leave home for the day. Those parents now face up to six months behind bars.During the fiscal year ending August 31, the state collected over $3.4 billion in delinquent child support payments. At least $357 million of that total was recovered in the Dallas area. The recent enforcement effort likely will lead to the collection of more delinquent payments. Any cash bond posted to free the jailed parents will be paid to the custodial parents who are owed the delinquent child support payments.
Another high-profile couple has announced their divorce. In this case, it's pharmaceutical tycoon Stewart Rahr and his wife of 43 years who are splitting. Rahr, who is worth an estimated $1.6 billion, will join the ranks of other billionaires who recently have faced divorce proceedings. Some of them, like Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and coal magnate Joseph Craft, saw their names fall off the Forbes 400 list following their divorces, their fortunes depleted by expensive proceedings and unfavorable settlements. While Rahr may not necessarily lose his billionaire status as the result of divorce, he likely will face many of the issues common in a high net worth divorce.Asset division can be a difficult issue in any divorce, but more assets can mean more conflict. A complicating factor in a high net worth divorce is the need to locate and value assets such as business investments, overseas bank accounts, fringe benefits, and executive perks. Comprehensive valuation is critical for equitable asset division.
The Texas Attorney General's office has been cracking down on parents who are delinquent on their child support payments. Many parents have been forced to serve jail time, and one Texas program is seeking to change that. The Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) program at Workforce Solutions assists delinquent parents in finding employment so they can meet their financial obligations to their children.Workforce Solutions, which serves the Rio Grande Valley, is one of 28 workforce boards across the state of Texas. It and 16 other workforce boards participate in the NCP program, and it is the state's top performer. Since 2005, the program has helped to collect more than $10 million in delinquent payments.