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You Are NOT The Father! Should Mandatory Paternity Testing At Birth Be The New “Norm?”

December 22nd, 2013 - By Brooke Dean
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I must admit that one of my guilty pleasures on a rare day off from work is watching The Maury Povich Show. On any – okay, mostly every – given day, the topic of his show revolves around paternity tests. For some reason it just never gets old and sadly enough, most viewers are hanging on the edge of their seat waiting for those five words to be uttered: “You are NOT the father!”

I’m not sure why, but it seems to me (and I could be wrong) that the audience doesn’t want the man to be the father. I guess it just makes for more dramatic television to watch a woman running to the back room ‘shamed and shocked that the no-good, triflin’ deadbeat man she’s painted the poor dude out to be actually isn’t the father. The man is “high-fiving” the men in the audience while doing back flips and we feel happy for him that he isn’t stuck taking care of someone else’s kid.

That being said, you’d think with all the family court cases and hundreds of Maury episodes dedicated to this topic that paternity testing would be mandatory at birth. Clearly men and women cheat, so it would make sense that many of these episodes of Maury would be avoided if they simply did paternity testing as soon as Junior pops out. If you’re unmarried, some argue that paternity testing at birth should just be a given. This way, if things go sour in the relationship, the father can’t run from his responsibilities as a father. On the flip side, if the woman was the one having unprotected sex with more than one man at a time, then she can’t wrongfully pin child support on the wrong guy.

It’s unfortunate, but men have very little reproductive rights in this country. They can’t make a woman have a baby if she doesn’t want one. It’s her body, I get it. But when it comes to a child actually being born, there should be some measures in place that would keep dishonest mothers from committing paternity fraud. After all, if a man learns that a child isn’t his after he’s been paying child support for 18 years, he doesn’t get his money back and there is no penalty paid by the deceptive mother. She is absolved of all wrongdoing and the most a man can hope for is that she’s a bit remorseful.

Now, I know that some women might be offended that they’d even be required to subject their child to such testing. Others may feel the test forces them to admit to their man at the beginning of a pregnancy that there’s a chance the baby might not be his resulting in the man refusing to be there for her during her pregnancy until the baby is born. This one test could cause a rift in an otherwise “happy” home.

But shouldn’t these conversations be happening anyway? Shouldn’t a woman put her big girl panties on and be mature and selfless enough to tell a man – or men – that she’s keeping the baby, but she’s not quite sure who the father is? Doesn’t the man have the right to know? More importantly, doesn’t the child have the right to know his biological father?

If you’re an honest woman, mandatory paternity testing at birth shouldn’t faze you. As I approach my 9th month of pregnancy, I wouldn’t have any problem agreeing to this test if my husband requested it. I wouldn’t even be offended, because I have nothing to hide.

At the end of the day, women know the child is theirs because it came out of her body – it doesn’t matter who the kid looks like. But for a man, it’s not always so cut and dry and you know what they say, “Mama’s baby, daddy’s maybe.” That just doesn’t seem right or fair to me.

What do you think – should paternity testing be made mandatory?

Someone’s Lying: Child Support Agency Says Andrea Kelly Definitely Hired Them To Go After R. Kelly

December 17th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Something in the buttermilk ain’t clean.

Yesterday we told you that Robert “R” Kelly’s attorney released a statement refuting claims made by the Custodial Support Foundation that he owed his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, over $100,000 in unpaid child support. According to the agency, they were hired by the “Hollywood Exes” star to go after her famous ex-hubby. However, both Robert and Andrea’s attorney’s came forward insisting that the agency’s claims were false and that he paid his child support in full.

“The Custodial Support Foundation should check their facts. Mr. Kelly is current on his child support payments,” said Robert’s attorney.

Of course, we knew something wasn’t right, the foundation had to be getting their information from someone. Though it was originally reported that they would be retracting their statement, according to The YBF, they have decided to stand behind their accusations, insisting that Andrea did in fact, hire them.

“My media firm, which has been in business since 1996, operates in truth and would never knowingly lie or put out a press release stating lies, nor would we advise our clients to do so,” wrote the firm’s public relations representative,  Sibrene Stowe de Hernandez. “Our client provided us with proof and we stand by Project Child Support (of the Foundation of Custodial Support) and LaChic Media wanted to provide proof that Project Child Support initiative and Bounty Alert Foundation were in fact contracted to assist in the recovery of $114,900 in unpaid child support.”

So what reason would Andrea have to hire the firm and then pull back? Well, it’s believed that when Robert learned of her actions, he quickly and quietly paid off the money he owed so that negative press and deadbeat dad rumors wouldn’t hinder the promotion and sales of his new album, “Black Panties.”

“It is my belief that our services were contracted to leverage negotiations between Mr. and Ms. Kelly, to force Mr. Kelly to pay his arrears,” said the foundation’s CEO, Kai D. Patterson. “The type of services we provide as well as the success of our program is well documented and available online. I don’t believe that coincidentally, Mr. Kelly paid months of unpaid child support arrears only after Project Child Support was contracted to provide services to collect the arrears.”

Kai also claims that she was informed by Andrea’s attorney, Alison Motta, that her client could not afford the $400 processing fee because she had “mismanaged her earnings from the show [Hollywood Exes].”

This entire situation seems really shady and extra messy.

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Has R. Kelly Been Skipping Out On Child Support Payments?

December 16th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A couple of weeks ago we told you about the awful deadbeat daddy allegations that were being thrown Mathew Knowles’ way and for a minute, it looked like R&B singer Robert “R” Kelly would be joining him in the alleged slacker dad’s club. In case you missed it, The Custodial Support Foundation recently came forward, claiming that the “Bump n’ Grind” singer’s ex-wife, Andrea, hired them to put him on blast for falling behind on child support payments. In a press release, the foundation accused him of owing $114,000 in child support, All Hip Hop reports.

“We will provide Mrs. Kelly’s attorney with the terms and conditions we provided in other cases where the Court granted enforcement orders to enable the collection of arrears for our clients,” said Virginia M. Rucinski, president of the Custodial Support Foundation.

Kristen Foster, a representative on behalf of Robert, has since responded to the claims, insisting that organization check their information because he’s up-to-date with his monthly payments.

“The Custodial Support Foundation should check their facts.  Mr. Kelly is current on his child support payments,” wrote Foster.

It looks like Andrea is also defending her ex-hubby against the allegations. The “Hollywood Exes” star had her attorney issue a statement to TMZ, insisting that he’s handling his fatherly duties. Reps for the organization say that they’re issuing a retraction.

We’re glad that’s settled, but inquiring minds would love to know who’s behind all of this mess in the first place.

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Hey, I’m No Deadbeat Daddy! Mathew Knowles Responds To Ugly Child Support Allegations

December 6th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week new reports leaked about the ugly support dispute between Mathew Knowles and his ex-mistress, Alexsandra Wright. According to the reports, Mathew has been skipping on their agreed upon $12,000 per month payment schedule, which has been placing a huge financial burden on Alexsandra. One source claiming to be a friend, even went as far as to insist that Alexsandra was forced to pull their three-year-old son, Nixon, out of preschool because she could no longer afford the tuition. Apparently fed up with being painted as a deadbeat dad by the media, Mathew had his attorney, Ken Harris, issue an official statement to Sister 2 Sister refuting the allegations. The statement reads:

“There have been several media reports [this week] suggesting that Mr. Knowles has a delinquency concerning his child support obligation to Ms. Alexsandra Wright. At this point, Mr. Knowles’ financial advisers indicate that he is current concerning that obligation.

Mr. Knowles takes his obligation related to the support of his son very seriously. To that end, Mr. Knowles has consistently provided support during all periods for which he has been legally obligated. Mr. Knowles’ child support obligation has been the subject of substantial litigation over the past year. A mediation concerning this matter has been scheduled for later this month.”

If their issues are not resolved during the upcoming mediation, Mathew and Alexandra will be heading back to court for a hearing early 2014.

Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

Flo Rida Hit With ‘Good Fortune’ Child Support Lawsuit By Alleged Baby Mama

November 26th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Up until this point, Miami rapper Flo Rida has been able to avoid drama for the most part, but all of that is about to change as the 34-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Tramar Lacel Dillard, has just found himself in the middle of an ugly child support lawsuit.

According to TMZ, a video vixen by the name of Natasha Georgette Williams is claiming to be pregnant by “Low” rapper. Natasha recently filed a child support lawsuit against him. Ironically, she didn’t file just any child support suit, but a “good fortune” child support suit, which is a special kind of child support in Florida that is afforded for the children of wealthy people.

According to legal documents, Natasha hasn’t given birth yet, but she’s currently requesting cash for things such as pre-natal assistance and a few other birth-related expenses. In addition to all of that, she’s requesting that his future child support payments cover medical insurance, daycare, private school, summer camp and so on. The paternity of the child has yet to be determined and Flo hasn’t publicly addressed the suit as of yet. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.

Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

Give Me More! Marc Anthony’s Ex Wants Even More In Child Support…A Lot More!

November 24th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Here at Madame Noire, we don’t condone figuring out a way to get close to a wealthy man and having a baby by him in order to financially set yourself up. We never would. But when you see what some of these women stand to gain, does the thought ever cross your mind?

According to the New York Post, Marc Anthony’s ex-wife Dayonarra Torres wants child support payments increased…tenfold. As it stands, Marc Anthony pays $13,00 per month for their two children, ages 10 and 12, and also pays Dayanara $3,000 in spousal support.  According to Anthony’s attorney, Daniel Jaffe, he also pays for “all of the kids’ schooling, band lessons, camps, and all medical and dental costs. Virtually everything.”

Dayanara is looking to have the child support payments increased to $112,000 per month. She believes his business ventures generate way more money than his current child support payments reflect and she wants something a little more…accurate.

On paper, it looks like Marc Anthony is raking in dough hand over foot at this point in his career.  Besides his album and tour money, Anthony is acting, has a clothing line and owns a little piece of the Miami Dolphins. So yes, he’s making a lot of money.

Jaffe says they will fight this petition in court and that comes as no surprise, especially when they say he’s doing so much more than just making payments.

The Post was unable to get any comment from from Dayanara Torres or her attorney.

Do you think that Marc should be on the hook for paying that much more in child support since he appears to be making monthly payments and paying for everything else in terms of his children?

‘He Has Not Made A Voluntary Payment In Years:’ Stevie J’s Baby Mama Speaks On $1 Million Child Support Lawsuit

November 12th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A couple of weeks ago we discussed Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Stevie J’s festering child support situation. The mother of his 14 and 16-year-old children, Carol Bennett, is seeking to go after his wages, claiming that he owes over $1 million is back child support. A few days after our initial report, we told you about a leaked voicemail message, where Stevie can be heard begging Carol not to air out his dirty laundry during her scheduled press conference.

“What’s going on, uh I see all this press it’s going crazy and then I see something ’bout a press conference on October 31. I would ask you not to do a press conference…so let’s try to figure out what we doing, what’s goin’ on aight?”

Apparently Carol wasn’t moved by her ex-lover’s plea, because according to the folks over at the Tom Joyner Show, she went through with her press conference anyway.

“This has been an ongoing situation. We’ve actually been to court twice. The thing is I haven’t been the one pushing to go to court,” Carol told The Urban Daily . “He’s tried to go to court to not pay anything and has been denied twice. So basically, I’ve just been feeling that the system has been failing me and there’s not much I can do,” she continued.

She adds that her teenage children are college bound and she’s in need of financial assistance.

“My kids are in high school. My daughter just started high school so we’re preparing for college. It’s time for saving. We have to make sure that they’re not just prepared academically. We have to make sure they’re prepared financially as well. We had an agreement in the child support order that he would provide insurance. But nothing [has] been covered by Stevie for the last twelve or thirteen years.”

As for how she even wound up with a guy like Stevie, Carol says that he was nothing like what he is today.

“When we first met he was a good guy. We had a lot in common. We were both seriously connected in the business. He comes from a nice, big family. I don’t come from a big family, but we bonded over our love for family. He had a daughter and was very good with children. We were engaged for about two and a half years. We had known each other quite a while before then because I worked with Uptown Records and Motown Records. He was working with Jodeci at the time and he used to always tell me, ‘You’re gonna be my wife.’ I told him, ‘No. No. No. I won’t mess with any artists!’ He said, ‘Well, I’m not an artist.’ So that’s how the whole thing kinda started. Then we had my son. Then we had my daughter and in between that he got a publishing deal.”

Carol also addressed critics who believe that she’s only going after Stevie because he’s on television.

“That’s the misconception. My kids are 14 and 16. He has not made a voluntary payment in years. There’s a court order in place to pay x amount per month. If you don’t pay that, even if you can come close, it technically didn’t occur. He’s missed 168 payments. The reason why, this (is) my own speculation, because he’s been able to get away with it, why not keep doing it? Where’s the enforcement at? Okay, he doesn’t have a passport. He still can live, he’s just not going out of the country. It’s just being negligent and not taking on responsibility for your kids, but he doesn’t mind doing it for any other women.”

What do you think of Carol coming forward?

Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

Not So Fast: Judge Throws DMX Bankruptcy Claim Out Of Court!

November 10th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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It looks like DMX’s court problems and apparent financial woes aren’t anywhere near over. In fact, the financial problems are likely about to get much worse.

A New York judge has completely thrown out the DMX bankruptcy claim which was filed back in July.  There had been major issues with the filing, most notably that in one report he claimed he made $5,000 per month but in another, he said he made just $1,600 per month. There was also a discrepancy with how much he actually had in clothing assets.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this now means that creditors can go for his possessions, which include a share in a home in Mount Kisko.

DMX also owes more than $1 million in child support for 10 of his children.

His publicist, Domenick Nati, didn’t even know there was a hearing regarding the situation.

Well, that pretty much wraps up a terrible week for X. He was also arrested on Monday in South Carolina for driving with a suspended license and other charges.

Whatever money has has left will likely be seized by every agency who still has a claim on him. With no pending albums or any other work on the horizon, who knows what will happen in the next part of this DMX saga.

 

Keep It On The Low: Stevie J Begs Children’s Mother On Voicemail Not To Air Out His Business

November 2nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Steven Jordan, aka Stevie J., has got to get his stuff together.  Now.  We already know that his business has been thrown in the street for unpaid child support and now, he’s begging his kids’ mother to not air him out any further.

According to RadarOnline, Carol Bennett’s rep told them that Stevie J called Bennett saying they needed to just work everything out…without the public having to know:

”What’s going on, uh I see all this press it’s going crazy and then I see something ’bout a press conference on October 31. I would ask you not to do a press conference…so let’s try to figure out what we doing, what’s goin’ on aight?”

Oh yes, you read that right: Bennett held a press conference last Thursday to discuss the situation. Now, we don’t know who was at said conference – maybe some Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta cameras – but Bennett made a statement saying that her intent was not to have Stevie incarcerated but rather, “to find a resolution and to co-parent with Stevie J. and that means emotionally and financially so that our children can receive the support that they deserve.”

So while Stevie makes a fool of himself on reality television, Bennett essentially adds fuel to the fire by holding a press conference about unpaid child support.

No word from Bennett’s rep, Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez, on whether or not they’ve decided to work this out with Stevie J in public (although she did receive his message before her own version of the dog and pony show).

With parents like these, one can only wonder if the children are more mature.

Timbaland’s Wife Files For Divorce; Demands Child Support For Both Kids… Including The One From A Previous Relationship

October 17th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Forever just doesn’t seem to last as long as it used to.

After only five years of marriage, it looks like famed hip-hop producer Timbaland aka Timothy Mosley and his estranged wife, Monique Mosley, are officially embarking upon the road to splitsville. There has been no official word on specifically why the marriage didn’t work out, but according to TMZ, Monique is looking to hit 41-year-old hitmaker where it hurts—his pockets.

Court documents filed on Monique’s behalf reveal that she is first and foremost requesting child support for both of their children. The couple share a 5-year-old daughter. Monique also has a 10-year-old child from a previous relationship. She justifies requesting support for her 10-year-old by insisting that Timb has “publicly and privately proclaimed this child as his own.”

In addition to child support, Monique is also requesting that Timbaland foot the bill for life insurance, private school tuition, vacations, summer camp tuition and a slew of other expenses. According to the divorce papers, Monique says she’s struggling financially and even had to borrow money from a close friend to pay lawyer fees, which she always wants Timbaland to pick up the tab for. As far as alimony goes, Monique is requesting to be paid “rehabilitative alimony” while the divorce is pending and permanent alimony once the divorce is finalized. According to reports, Timb is worth an estimated $80 million.
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