Child support orders are the method through which a court sets the terms concerning financial support of a child. In a divorce, a child support order will be entered as part of the process when parents have one or more children. Child support orders can also be request by an unmarried custodial parent of a child.
A major part of a divorce decree for parents in Massachusetts is the child support order. A parent who fails to pay child support faces being held in contempt and possibly faces time in jail for habitual lack of payment. Recently, a bounty hunter in Pennsylvania crafted a ruse to lure a parent who failed to pay child support and who was living out of state to return to the jurisdiction where the child support order could be enforced. For this father, the promise of a role in a made-up Jennifer Aniston movie was more attractive than providing support to his children.
While stories about celebrities and sports stars and their issues probably appear too frequently in the media, the stories sometimes provide a lesson to non-celebrities in similar situations. NBA star Dwyane Wade recently asked a judge to suspend his former wife's child visitation rights after she allegedly violated the former couple's child custody order. A violation of a child custody order can potentially result in the loss of custody rights and more depending on the situation.