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Is He Ludacris? Rapper Initiates Legal Action to Gain Custody of His Child

It looks like rapper Ludacris is fighting to gain custody of his 2 month old daughter. In court papers Ludacris assertd that he is a “fit and capable parent” and should get full physical custody of the daughter. In support of his argument, Ludacris points out that he has been “an active father” to his 12-year old daughter.

At this point, some may have that skeptical grin, thinking Ludacris is seeking custody to get out of paying child support. By the way, the last time Ludacris was in court, the judge awarded Tamika Fuller a/k/a Ludacris’ baby mama, $7,000 in child support. Put yourself in his position. Do you blame him for trying to get custody of the child?

Realistically, there are men out there who want to play a role in a child’s life, although the child may have been born outside of wedlock. I have even seen a grown man cry because he got in an argument with a girl friend and she denied him access to his child. When that happens, the father will need to go to court to establish a time sharing plan or visitation schedule. This is the best way for the father to ensure that he has access to the child. Unfortunately, without a court order the father of a child born outside of wedlock has very few rights. To preserve those rights, the father will need to initiate a paternity action.

Ludacris will not gain full custody of his 2-month old daughter. Depending on Georgia law, the judge may establish a time sharing plan that will be fair to him and Ms. Fuller. More importantly, the judge’s ruling will be in the best interests of their 2-month old daughter.   Also, Ludacris’ child support obligation probably will not go away.

While Ludacris is a well-known celebrity, cases similar to his occur all the time. If you have questions regarding visitation, time sharing, or parenting plans, call Rich Bradford at (813) 413-2402 to schedule a meeting to discuss your case.

 
 

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Child Support: Are You a Florida Deadbeat Dad

This morning I received a headline about a “Florida Deadbeat Dad.”  I thought it was about child support, but as I read the article I realized it was a addressing certain issues regarding Florida politics.  I really do not want to get into political issues on this forum. There are a lot of political bloggers who can provide you with their opinion on Florida politics.  Instead, I want to address the legal implications of being labeled deadbeat dad.

The more common use of the label appears in child support cases.  Men, you do not want to wear that title.  You may be a great dad, but if you are not paying your child support, no matter what your opinion of your child’s mom may be, your child needs her/his child support.  (occasionally this apply to mothers who have to pay child support, but more times than not it applies to the fathers).

That said, there are instances where circumstances may cause a drop in income and you can no longer pay child support in the amount set by the court.  For example, a few years ago there was a man who was considered a superstar in the NFL.  Some may even have viewed him as a prima donna.  While I am not naming names, he changed his name to a number.   During the 2012 season no longer playing football and the multimillionaire, could no longer pay child support.  (See Baby Mama on Missed Child Support).

Similar to the football player, the current state of the economy has caused many men who had high 5-figure or even 6 figure incomes to be out of work or have their incomes cut in half.  They either stop paying child support or pay substantially less child support.  Unfortunately, no one tells them what they need to do.  The courts do not provide guidance.  Child Support Enforcement will not help.  In fact in many cases, the mothers will come after these men and try to compel payment.  A wide range of options are available to judges in these enforcement proceedings – pay the child support by a certain date, pay the mother’s attorneys’ fees, suspension of the father’s driver’s license, or even incarceration.

In situations like these, fathers need to seek a modification.  Further, the best thing for fathers in these cases is to seek legal counsel.  Again, no one is helping the fathers (or the mother if she has the child support obligation).    Even if a father tries to do it himself, a mistake in the court filing will delay the process and the child support obligation will continue to add up.  Legal counsel will make sure that the correct procedures are followed and the child support reduced consistent with your income.

If you have experienced a significant change in circumstances, Rich Bradford at (813) 413-2402 can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly, as well as answer other family law questions.

 

 

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