DMX Expected to Settle Child Support in Next Court Hearing
After his recent arrest for failing to pay months of child support arrears, Rapper DMX promised to attend his next court hearing and informed a Westchester County court judge that he is taking appropriate steps to solve his legal issues.
The warrant of arrest was issued in connection with a contempt of court charge for failing to pay more than $400,000 in child support. In 2014, the judge ordered DMX whose real name is Earl Simmons, to pay his ex-wife Tashera Simmons the amount of $100,000 monthly as financial support for their 4 children.
The rapper claims that he was not aware of his growing child support debt and asked that the judge stay his 6-month sentence while his case is pending. The judge released DMX without bail but warned him that ‘things will not go well’ for the rapper if he fails to attend the November 18 hearing.
Claiming Child Support
In California, a court can oblige separating or divorcing parents to pay a specific sum of money to support their children’s living expenses. Parents are encouraged to enter into support agreements, but when both parties are unable to settle the issue between themselves, the court may issue an order for support after considering several factors such as:
- The income of each parent
- Amount of time each parent spends with the child/children
- The number of children
- Tax status of each parent
- Health insurance expenses
Support of Children from Other Relationships
Child support may be calculated using a statewide formula but the court may order the parent/s to pay a different amount depending on the circumstances of the case or when the best interests of the children are involved. The court may order the payment of an amount different from the guideline amount in cases involving high or low income or when children spend significantly more time with one parent.
If you are contemplating separation or divorce, and children are involved, it’s important to consult a qualified and experienced attorney on child support orders.
In San Diego, California, the law firm of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, has years of experience in obtaining child support for divorcing parents. We can also help you modify an existing one, or enforce a child support order that is not being observed.
We invite you to call us today at (858) 935-6211 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.