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MTV star goes to court for child support

A star of the MTV show "16 and Pregnant" was forced to go to court to get child support payments from her baby's father when she was just 17 years old. He had not been giving her any money to help with even the little things that the child needed, such as new packages of diapers. She had talked to him before about it, saying that she would need to do something more drastic if he did not change his ways, but it made no difference. She finally settled on the court case.

According to studies, she was far from the only one to need this sort of assistance. In fact, a study indicated that 17 million children were aided by the Office of Child Support Enforcement in 2012.

The mother from the show is originally from Virginia, and law in Virginia stipulates that a non-custodial parent has to put a certain amount of one's income aside to give the child. Often, rather than asking parents to pay, the government does this by withholding that amount from a paycheck, thereby ensuring that the payments will be made.

However, this can grow a bit complicated with a parent who does not get a paycheck on a regular basis, such as one who is self-employed. In these cases, income tax refunds may be used to pay the support.

As is shown, there are millions of people who depend on child support every year, many of whom do not get the money to which they are entitled. When a parent is not willing to pay and the money cannot be docked from a paycheck, it is important for custodial parents to look into their legal options.

Source:  MTV, "'16 And Pregnant': The Lowdown On Child Support Enforcement" Lauren Mann, Apr. 24, 2014

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