The problem with children is that you have to support them. You may wish that they'd come into the world ready to take a swing at all of life's challenges, but no, they are incredibly fragile and in need of support for many, many years. Hence child support laws.
For Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans, the state's child support laws are coming at him fast. His former live-in girlfriend Dionne Reese has sued him for an increase in child support payments, as well as full custody and damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to ABC13 Eyewitness News.
What determines child support payments?
Child support is paid when the parents do not live together and share joint custody. The money goes to the parent who has physical custody of the child. The amount of support can be determined by the parents or by order of the court.
In general, factors taken into consideration when determining the amount of support include where the child lives, whether the child splits time with each parent, the income of each parent, and the child's standard of living.
The money from child support payments is meant to cover more than a child's basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. For example, child support also covers a child's medical care, educational fees, basic entertainment, and extracurricular activities.
In Andre Johnson's child support case, it seems the parents had a private agreement about support, but it apparently was not fulfilling the needs of their daughter. There are many other issues are involved in Reese's suit against Johnson, which seems almost like a divorce proceeding with issues of child support, custody, and emotional distress on the table.
Hopefully all of this ruckus over Andre Johnson's child support doesn't affect his young daughter, as often happens in messy, drawn-out fights between parents. It's possible these issues will be dealt with quickly so Johnson can focus on the Texans' season and not on legal battles.
- Call a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
- Child Support Calculation Questionnaire (FindLaw)
- Houston Rapper Scarface Behind Bars Over Child Support (FindLaw's Houston Family Law Blog)