A Texas woman has petitioned a court asking for the enforcement of a child support judgment. She claims she is owed thousands of dollars in child support from Carolina Panthers player, Brandon LaFell. The order requires the player to pay $4,000 a month for their young son. However, the man's agent claims LaFell has a modified order that requires him to only pay $1,500 per month.
The woman's attorney stated the player never signed the order, so it has not been enforced. Records show LaFell paid the woman $4,000 for the month of February and the same amount in April. Beginning in June, he has been paying the woman approximately $1,500 per month, totaling $17,000. However, the woman believes he should still be paying her $4,000 per month and that he still owes her about $23,000.
She is also seeking attorney fees. LaFell is making over $500,000 for this season, but believes he is in the right in only paying her the $1,500 per month until their case goes to trial next year. There is a withholding order listed in her petition that requires the Panthers to withhold the $4,000 per month from his paycheck, but they have not withheld any money yet.
It can be difficult for Texas parents to make ends meet when they don't receive their court ordered child support. Although she is receiving some child support, she believes she is still owed more. However, the player claims he has a modification, so the case will soon be in the hands of a judge. Parents struggling to make their court ordered child support can request for a child support modification if they are able to prove a financial hardship.
Source: CharlotteObserver.com, "Houston woman: Panther owes thousands in child support," Joseph Person, Dec. 12, 2012