Parents involved in child custody determinations may at times lose sight of what is most important. They may attempt to use their children as pawns to hurt their former spouse, rather than seek what is in their child's best interests. When parents work together in determining custody they can make the process go much smoother and create the best arrangement for their children.
Fathers have been at a disadvantage for decades in terms of the assignment of physical custody of children pursuant to divorce. Mothers have typically been perceived as better caretakers, but that perception is beginning to change and fathers are beginning to fight more prominently for their custody rights.
Failure to pay child support can result in significant consequences. A popular T.V. personality from "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," Stevie J., was recently arrested in Georgia for allegedly failing to pay child support for over ten years. Stevie J., who is also a Grammy-award winning producer, was recently arrested for failure to pay over $1 million in child support. According to authorities, despite earning $27,000 a month, the T.V. personality and producer has failed to pay child support for his two children for over ten years. The criminal complaint notes that the children were born in 1997 and 1998 to Stevie J. and his ex-girlfriend. In 1999, he was ordered to pay $6,600 a month in child support which was later increased to $8,500 a month. Stevie will face criminal charges in New York, though he was arrested in Georgia.
Spouses in Gwinnett County, Georgia, that stop working to stay at home and raise children have traditionally been cared for after a divorce through spousal support payments. But courts may no longer look favorably on such arrangements, however, leaving the stay-at-home spouse in a precarious financial position.