Spokane residents who have been in family court understand the emotions that can envelop the courtroom. Every emotion from sorrow to rage is found, and many times, judges are forced to rule on difficult cases. Family law courts deal with everything to custody issues, to modification and visitation. There can be lengthy and fierce battles that take long periods of times and are emotionally exhausting.
NBA Los Angeles Lakers player Steve Nash is in the middle of a heated family law custody battle with his estranged wife. Nash refuses to pay Alejandra Amarilla child support because she already is getting enough money currently, and he believes that if she gets anymore she will spoil the children greatly. Amarilla made millions of dollars from the divorce settlement and Nash currently pays a portion of his children's needs. Nash is allegedly concerned that if he pays more, she will damage the children with extravagant and unnecessary luxuries. Amarilla is reported to be an excessive spender. An Arizona family court judge ruled in Nash's favor, but Amarilla is planning to appeal the decision. The former couple married in 2005, but just a day after the birth of their son, Nash announced they were getting divorced.
Child support orders are created through the court, and typically drafted by a family court judge. An order entered by a judge will identify which parties are parents, and which are children, as well as will instruct parties to take action, such as making monthly child support payments, and in what amount. When child support payments are missed, collection and enforcement agencies are typically involved, which have the power to withhold tax refunds, garnish wages, suspend licenses, and in extreme cases, impose jail time.
Family law court can be a very emotionally challenging place. Many life-changing events take place inside the courtroom, including divorce, child custody and child support. Parents who have a current child support order in place but are not receiving the amounts monthly are entitled to be properly compensated. Additionally, if a parent's circumstances have drastically changed, a modification order may be necessary as well. An attorney can listen to your case, evaluate your claims and help advise you regarding the best legal options available.
Source: Huffington Post, "Steve Nash Child Support: Lakers Star Allegedly Doesn't Want To Pay Because Ex Might Spoil Kids," April 30, 2013