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Lawsuit filed over $2.5 million in back child support

The great-great grandson of a legendary Prussian prince is being sued in a New York City family court for allegedly failing to pay $2.5 million in child support. In court filings, the ex-wife of Carl-Eduard Graf von Bismarck claims he hasn't made a single child support payment since 2011, when the couple first separated.

Are families receiving as much child support as they need?

Many New York parents are sure to understand just how expensive it can be to raise a child in a state that has one of the highest costs of living in the country. Divorced parents often have different income levels, and child support is meant to remedy this sort of inequity to further the best interests of the child. However, the system necessarily depends on custodial parents actually receiving the assistance that they are owed.

Single fathers asking for child support

Single New York parents can may potentially have the ability to pursue a child support order depending on the financial situation of the other parent. In many cases, though not all, the mother is the parent to receive child support. First, mothers still generally perform childcare duties more than fathers. Furthermore, the wage gap burdens women, especially single mothers. Nonetheless, raising a child can be a financial burden for the primary caregiver regardless of his or her gender.

New York Jets' Antonio Cromartie pays $336,000 in child support

According to a report that has surfaced in various media outlets, Antonio Cromartie, a player for the New York Jets, pays child support for eight children with seven different mothers. He is also married and has two children with his wife as well as twins that are on the way.

Court orders Mathew Knowles to pay back child support

New York parents who follow celebrity news may be aware that Mathew Knowles was ordered to pay about $71,000 in back child support by a family court judge. Knowles, who is the father of singer Beyoncé, had reportedly avoided paying child support to the mother of his 5-year-old child since her birth.

Rick Ross responds to ex's lawsuit for more child support

The ex-girlfriend of rapper Rick Ross filed a lawsuit against him for more child support in 2015, and he responded with court papers of his own. New York fans might be surprised that he claims she is keeping him from seeing their son and is trying to turn the boy against him.

Television star must pay child support for surrogate son

New York residents may know Sherri Shepherd for the seven years she spent as a host on the popular daytime television show 'The View." Shepherd was once again in the headlines on Nov. 27 when it was reported that she had been ordered to pay alimony to her ex-husband as well as child support to care for the couple's surrogate son after losing a contentious legal battle.

Determining when to ask for child support modification

A noncustodial parent who is paying child support and who experiences an adverse change in financial circumstances may be able to request a support modification order. However, it is important to know where the modification request should be submitted. This is important because filing in a particular state may be more advantageous to whoever is making the request as many states have their own ways of calculating support obligations.

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