If a California court issues a ruling, the parties involved must fully adhere to its terms. With regard to child support, both parents must act in accordance with their co-parenting and payment plan that the court has issued or approved at its discretion. It is never a good idea to obtain a settlement, then not follow through on the agreed-upon terms. This appears to be what is happening in the case of R & B music star Chris Brown.
The mother of Brown's young daughter says she has made repeated attempts to achieve an amicable agreement with her former partner regarding financial care of their child. She said it is frustrating that Brown agreed to mediation, then failed to respond when notices were sent to him regarding upcoming session dates. Brown's ex also said the court ordered him to pay more than $17,000 in owed child support this past February, but he has apparently not obeyed the order.
Brown's former partner told the court she is not currently employed and relies on financial support to provide for her child's needs. She says Brown earns more than $7 million per year. She has requested that the court order him to pay nearly $300,000 for retroactive support from the time she first began litigation.
A judge can hold a parent in contempt of court for not paying child support. At the same time, the court understands that things sometimes happen in life that might impede a parent's ability to make timely payments. Any parent currently facing legal problems regarding this topic in California can speak to an experienced family law attorney regarding how to seek modification of a child support order or how to bring an unpaid support problem to the court's attention.