Fired by daughter, Beyoncé’s father has child support reduced

The father and former manager to pop star Beyoncé Knowles, has been in the news in Sarasota and other cities nationally a lot for reasons relating to a son he fathered during an extra-marital affair. While failing to make court ordered payments can affect the ability of the custodial parent to meet all of the child’s needs, the situation that he found himself in is one that is not uncommon among parents who have court ordered child support obligations.

Knowles’ father had a significant monthly income during a number of the years that he was employed as the manager to his songstress daughter. His $12,000 per month payments were likely ordered based on this income, but after he was fired in 2011, he claims that his income dropped drastically. Neither his income at the time of the child support order nor his income after his firing was reported.

According to reports, Knowles’ father chose one of the legal options available to parents who find themselves in this type of situation. He requested a child support modification to request that his payments be reduced due to his change in income. A judge recently agreed and, retroactively to February of 2013, lowered his monthly payments to $2,500.

When a parent’s income is reduced, it may be important for them to discuss their options with an attorney. Obtaining a modification to the agreement that accounts for the change in income can help to ensure that a parent is able to participate in providing for their child’s needs and prevent legal repercussions, including a possible jail sentence.

Source: New York Daily News, “Matthew Knowles child support payments decreased due to income drop after Beyoncé firing,” Mar. 6, 2014

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