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It’s been a long, dirty, nasty, messy road, but according to TMZ, Sherri Shepherd and her ex husband Lamar Sally have finally reached a divorce settlement.
The whole thing took so long because Lamar and Sherri were trying to reach an agreement on child support for the baby Lamar and Sherri chose to have through a surrogate.
While Sherri presumably won’t be involved in the rearing of the baby, the comedienne and media maven will pay $4,100 per month in child support. The amount will increase to $4,600 when the child turns 13.
Sherri has maintained that Sally defrauded her into getting a surrogate to carry the baby so he could profit off of her, despite their divorce.
That fraud claim still hasn’t been settled though.
So, this could be far from over.
If the court finds that Sally did indeed defraud Shepherd, the child support obligations will disappear.
Additionally, the couple had embryos in storage and Sherri wants them destroyed, while Lamar is still undecided. According to the settlement currently on the table, if Sally decides to bring the embryos to term, Sherri will not have to pay child support.
It’ll be interesting to see whether or not Sherri will be able to prove Lamar Sally defrauded her or not. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
After nearly 15 years, a mother has finally received justice.
Sarah Key-Marer received the news that her 4-year-old daughter had fallen off a sea cliff to her death 15 year years ago. Ever since then, Sarah has been waiting to find out if her daughter’s father was responsible or not.
According to the AP, two previous juries remained deadlocked in the case. However, Wednesday a new set of jurors found Cameron Brown guilty of first-degree murder. Brown, pushed 4-year-old Lauren off the cliff back in November 2000. Cameron pushed her because he did not want to pay child support and had been in a nasty dispute with her mother. Brown claimed Lauren tripped and fell off the cliff as she ran toward the edge.
However, after six weeks and several visits to the scene of the crime, jurors found him guilty.
“The expert witnesses made it pretty clear, and when we did the site visit, it was clear to us, as well, that it didn’t seem likely that a 4-year-old girl would be up there of her own volition,” said foreman Greg Apodaca.
Cameron who is now 53, will face a mandatory term of life in prison without parole.
Over the years there have been reports of celebrities and average citizens alike serving jail time for not paying child support. We might not have much sympathy for celebrities who fail to make payments. But what about men who are working poor? Should those people, mostly men, many Black men, be incarcerated for this infraction?
In their report, The New York Times says “the threat of jail [is] considered an effective incentive for people who are able but unwilling to pay.”
But critics of this policy believe this incentive traps “poor men in a cycle of debt, unemployment and imprisonment.” The cycle is believed to begin with the court order that requires the child support payee to pay an amount they cannot afford. Steep child support payments may never be paid or are paid occasionally but not in the full. As time passes, these payments become an incomprehensible amount of debt.
If the payment is not paid at all or in full, authorities withhold 65 percent of the payee’s paycheck, seize bank accounts and tax refunds, suspend driver and professional licenses and lastly impose jail time.
“Parents who are truly destitute go to jail over and over again for child support debt simply because they’re poor. We see many cases in which the person is released, they’re given three months to pay a large amount of money, and then if they can’t do that they’re tossed right back in the county jail,” says Sarah Geraghty, an attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights. The group recently filed a lawsuit in Georgia for parents who are incarcerated for failing to pay child support but have no legal representation.
The New York Times says there is no national count of parents who are incarcerated for failing to pay their child support and enforcement to pay varies from state to state. Though, a survey claims in 2009, one in eight inmates in South Carolina was imprisoned for not paying their child support. In 2010, 3,500 parents were been imprisoned in Georgia for this reason, and 1,800 parents were given ankle monitors or jailed in two New Jersey counties during 2013.
It should also be noted, in some states if the parent who receives child support is on public assistance, the parent who pays child support must pay it back. By paying both child support and welfare reimbursement, most child support payees are not able to live above a practical income level. Therefore, those parents lag behind their bills, rent/mortgage or living expenses adding to their dire financial circumstances.
Many believe people should not conceive children they cannot afford, especially when child support plays a dramatic role in co-parenting. But that rule of thumb does not apply to those who have created children during their marriage. It is believed that Walter Scott, who was shot in the back while fleeing former Police Officer Mike Slager, did so because he didn’t want to have to go back to jail over unpaid child support. He has children conceived both with in and out of wedlock.
To read the full New York Times article, click here. Any thoughts on how we should re-regulate this issue?
Quick question: When do Black lives begin to matter?
Do they only matter when they are shot dead like wild and rabid animals in the street?
Or do black lives matter starting at birth?
What I mean is that 50-year-old Walter Scott died owing thousands of dollars in child support – between $7,000 and $18,000, depending on who you ask – for his four children. As reported by the Huffington Post:
“He was kind,” Scott’s brother Anthony, remembered. “He loved his children, he was a great father.”
But Scott, who was killed on Saturday by police officer Michael Slager in North Charleston, South Carolina, had also long struggled to pay child support. In 2008, he went to jail for a full six months after falling behind by $6,800 in child support payments, according to The Associated Press. Scott spent one night in jail in both 2011 and 2012, again because he owed thousands in child support. At the time of Scott’s death, there was a warrant out for his arrest due to failure to make child support payments. (Scott also had a history of convictions and arrests for other offenses, according to The Post And Courier, a Charleston paper.)
The knowledge of the arrest warrant for failed payments is likely what spurred Scott to run from Slager on Saturday during a traffic stop over a broken taillight.
“He said that’s what he would do, he would run, because he’s not going to jail for child support,” Scott’s other brother, Rodney, told MSNBC.”
The article then goes on to ruminate about the heavy-handedness of the child support system. A system, which as the article states, is responsible for 13.2 percent of financially truant parents being put behind bars in all of South Carolina, and 15 percent in Charleston County, where Scott owed money.
Michael Gartland, who writes for The New York Post, spoke about his chance encounter with Scott back in 2003. Gartland interviewed him when Scott was a client of Father to Father, a program that seeks to help men struggling with child support payments.
As Gartland writes:
When I first met Scott in Charleston, it was to talk about Father to Father, a program he enrolled in after being locked up for failing to make child-support payments.
Scott didn’t stand to get a reduction in those payments by agreeing to talk to me. Outing himself as a deadbeat wasn’t going to help his public image, either.
The most he could hope for was that other dads struggling to make payments would learn about the program, which aimed to help them.
Scott told me at the time that after he initially got pinched, “I said, ‘Man, you got four kids depending on you, and you got people in your life that love you. You got to get it together.'”
Scott wasn’t perfect, but he was honest and didn’t hide his time in the clink.
He told me he was so overwhelmed with not being able to hold down a job and make the payments that he withdrew from his children and turned to booze to kill the pain.
While all of this is unfortunate, I noticed that I have read article after article, which has used Scott’s death to paint him as a victim twice: once by a trigger-happy police officer, and again by a broken collection system. However, where are the think pieces about his children’s lives? Where are thoughtful words about the children who needed both the money and their father to survive? Where are the Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and other crowdsourcing campaigns? Who thinks about the women left behind — the mother, the stepmothers, the aunts, grandmothers, the fiancées — who will be and pretty much have been raising the children alone? Who thinks about the ones who were given no choice but to be financially responsible for the children? The ones who did not exercise or get to exercise the privilege of being a sometimes parent. The ones who had to be there for every dirty diaper, every snotty nose, and there not only the first, but second, third, and all other days of school. The women who did not have the luxury of escaping the hardships of responsibility through alcohol dependency.
What about the guilt these mothers feel every time they turn on the news and watch the replay of their children’s father being gunned down in the street? In the midst of making villains out of the child support system, the only structure we have to hold truant and questionable parents accountable at times when they are too consumed with their own survival, who thinks of the children?
The answer to that is nobody.
According to the Census, out of the 6.2 million women who have an order for child support, 75 percent received only one payment and only 25 percent received the amount due. That translates into one in four mothers and their children who may receive the support they need.
In a poignant piece, New York Times columnist Charles Blow speaks out against the moral arguments used to justify Scott’s senseless murder. “The judicial system could have easily dealt with any misdeed Scott is accused of — failure to pay child support, failure to present proper documentation for a car he was driving, resisting arrest, fleeing — and none of those offenses, if he were found guilty of any or all, would have carried the death sentence.”
This is true. Scott’s failure to support his children does not warrant his death. However, there is another truth here that needs to be spoken and not glossed over. Moreover, it needs to be spoken loudly and clearly so that we all understand. Scott did not struggle to financially support his children. He just didn’t. Scott was a Black man unjustly shot dead while running away from responsibility. Scott’s children are not going to go without just because Michael Slager decided to shoot a Black man in the back. The truth is that Scott forfeited his children’s lives long before that. And while we all are mourning and rallying around the tragically wasted life of Scott, let’s not forget that there are other Black lives in need that matter that we should be rallying around too.
Think these stars are worth millions? When the courts came looking for these celebrities who owe child support they said that they live a lot more modestly than people think. Do you believe them?
Looks like “Love and Hip Hop New York” star, Rich Dollaz’s name might just be wishful thinking. Our sister site Bossip confirmed that the music industry executive has been arrested for owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back child support.
Police picked Dollaz up near his North Bergen, New Jersey home last week and as of today, he’s still sitting in jail. A judge ordered that he would need to pay $82,000 in cash to get out on bail.
Richie Dollaz, whose legal name is Richard Trowers, was arrested for two different child support warrants, one for $188,000 and another $12,000.
Chaundrea Nicole, one of the mothers of Dollaz’s children said that he owes $188,000 for her 14-year-old daughter.
She told Bossip, “My caseworker called me last week and told me they had him. He’s never made one payment. He’s only seen my daughter one time. I do want them to develop a relationships, but it’s not right at all.”
Chaundrea continued, “He’s on the show, he’s got all these different cars but when my daughter asks for some tennis shoes, he won’t respond.”
Judging by all the money Rich claims to have on the show, there is absolutely no reason he hasn’t made a single payment in 14 years. Even if he had some type of off-the-book agreement with Nicole, he should have been smart enough to get the law involved.
What’s particularly interesting is Rich’s inmate profile form. In the occupation section, he told authorities that he was unemployed.
Seeing that the judge wants $82,000 in cash, Dollaz might be in that cell for a little while longer.
He’s set to appear in court again in March.
Babies are definitely a blessing but they are very expensive as well. When it comes to taking care of their children, these celebrities were hauled into court and a couple even ended up behind bars because they didn’t take care of their financial obligations.
A burger run turned into a night in jail for Rich Dollaz last week. The “Love & Hip Hop” star had a hankering for some food from the Five Guys burger franchise and he double-parked outside of a police station in New Jersey. While he was waiting for his order, police came out, ran the license plates on the car and found out that there was a warrant out for his arrest for failure to pay $11,000 in child support. Rich Dollaz was hauled off to jail and released the next day after he paid in full.
Earlier this week we reported that Rich Dollaz was double parked at a Five Guys in New Jersey. When the police ran his license plate, they found that Dollaz owed $11,000 in child support. He was arrested immediately.
In an effort to clear his name, Rich Dollaz spoke to The Jasmine Brand about his recent run in with the law and addressed the important question of why he missed his payments in the first place.
Dollaz said that he’s relocated to Atlanta from New Jersey. But the move caused a bit of confusion.
“I’m not going to pay child support on two different cases. If the lawyers where I live tell me that they’re moving the child support from New Jersey, where I used to live to Atlanta where I now live, I’m thinking it’s done. I’m not aware that there’s an open case in New Jersey and an open one in Atlanta.”
But Rich made sure to express that money was not the issue.
“I always had money, my parents had money, it’s not something new…I don’t run around bragging about money, that’s not what I do.”
Which doesn’t really explain why he hasn’t gone ahead and paid the child support…
But at the end of the day, Rich says the arrest was his fault and he takes full responsibility.
“It was a mix up. It was my responsibility to make sure everything was right, I didn’t make sure everything was right but now I’m suffering the consequences.”
Carnell Alexander is caught up in a nightmare with the State of Michigan. According to ABC affiliate WXYZ, a Detroit man owes $30,000 in support for a child that is not even his.
This battle started more than 20 years ago, when Alexander was pulled over for a traffic stop in the early ’90s. When he was confronted by the police officer, the officer told Alexander that he had a warrant out for his arrest because he was “a deadbeat dad.” Problem was, Alexander, to the best of his knowledge at least, didn’t know that he had a baby.
“I knew I didn’t have a child, so I was kind of blown back.”
The state said that he had fathered a child in 1987 and had been ignoring his responsibilities and an order to pay child support. When he tried to tell the judge presiding over his case that it wasn’t his child, he was told that “it was too late to get a DNA test.”
But he worked hard to track down the woman who was the mother of the child, an ex, and got a DNA test from her. He was proven right: he was not the father. As it turns out, the reason Alexander is in this jam is because the mother of this child (now an adult) put his name down as the father on an application for welfare benefits. She didn’t know who the child’s father was at that time. As she put it:
“I had to turn to welfare…I had to put him down as the father. That was the only way I could get in the system.” But she does regret the way things have turned out.
“Everything is my fault that I put him through. I want everything to go away for him so he can go on with his life.”
But it doesn’t look like he will be able to anytime soon. Alexander shared his paternity results with the judge, and she didn’t care.
“Case closed. I gotta pay for the baby.”
According to the judge, a summons was sent to Alexander at his father’s home where he was staying in the late ’80s that he didn’t sign, and therefore, he didn’t show up to court to take care of this matter a long time ago. Had he done something about this situation 24 years ago, in the judge’s mind, he wouldn’t be dealing with this drama today.
But as it turns out, there was a major mix up that is holding him back. In the late ’80s, a process server turned in a document to the courts saying that Alexander was delivered a summons at his father’s home, but wouldn’t sign it. As it turns out, Alexander was actually locked up at the time that the process server delivered the document (for a crime he committed when he was young), so he never received the order to come to court, and didn’t know about any child or child support drama.
“I wasn’t there. I couldn’t refuse to sign.
I had no knowledge that I had a child support case against me.”
With the help of the unnamed mother, the State of Michigan has forgiven the debt he was in for child support to her. But sadly, he still owes $30,000 for the welfare that was allocated over the years to mother and child because the situation wasn’t handled long ago. He refuses to pay it and is currently being threatened with jail time.
“I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go.
We know this is not my child so let’s do what we need to do, what’s right.”
Alexander has found himself in quite the mess. Check out more about his story below.
Ludacris’ Baby Mother Calls BS On Claims He’s Too Broke To Pay $15K Child Support, Wants Financial Records For Last 2 Years
Earlier in the year the news broke that rapper Ludacris had fathered a child with a woman named Tamika Fuller while on break from dating longtime girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan. Soon after, the child support battle began. She was seeking $15,000 from him per month, but the rapper admitted that he wasn’t living as lavishly as everyone thought. He claimed that he only made $55,000 in 2013, and the money he was looking forward to from his work on Fast and Furious 7 was out of reach because shooting went on hold after the death of Paul Walker. He only wanted to pay her $1,800 a month, but a judge ordered him to pay $7,000 for his newborn daughter, Cai.
Well, shooting for the film has continued. The rapper has filmed swanky music videos, and he not only hosted the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, but he also was co-host of the ABC reality show, “Rising Star.” The checks are coming in. With that in mind, Fuller thinks Ludacris has been lying about his finances and wants proof and receipts of how he has been spending his money for the last two years…
According the the JasmineBrand, who got their hands on court documents, Fuller wants all of the following financial records in order to prove that Luda can afford to pay her the initial $15,000 per month she was asking for:
“All receipts, sales or purchase notices … of any tangible personal property including … any gold, silver, jewelry, watches, furs, automobiles, stereo equipment, televisions, cameras, video equipment or any other purchases over $499 since June 1st 2012.”
Just when he thought the drama from this situation was dying down, Fuller is back and going for the jugular –and his pockets. Do you think the rapper can afford $15,000 per month? Do you think Fuller’s support request is way too much?