Children need all the support they can get from their parents, whether or not the parents live together. When parents divorce, when a child is born to unmarried parents or when parents simply decide to separate, meeting a child's financial needs is naturally one of the first issues that a court will consider. In Pennsylvania, many parents deal with child support issues every day, including whether existing child support agreements can or should be increased or decreased.
Liam Gallagher, former lead singer and front man for the English rock band Oasis, is currently in exactly that type of support dispute with rock journalist Liza Ghorbani, the mother of his youngest child. Ghorbani initially tried to get a formalized child support deal for their 18-month-old daughter in a New York family court, but the case was dismissed. Ghorbani then sued Gallagher in a Manhattan court, apparently trying to get an increase of the $5,000 per month in support that Gallagher is currently paying Ghorbani.
Child support issues or disputes do not have to be settled through litigation. In some cases, parents can settle their differences through negotiation. First and foremost, though, both parties must understand that the courts use a child's best interests as the primary factor in determining support. If a parent wants to increase the amount of child support, he or she should present information that shows the current support is insufficient.
In deciding what the right amount of child support should be, parents must consider the supporting party's ability to pay. If the amount is too high, enforcement of the child support order is likely to be difficult and the supporting party may try to avoid paying any support at all. Parents who wish to reach the right amount of support should speak with a family law attorney who can guide them in finding the right answer.
Source: New York Post, "Oasis frontman's child-support deal falls through," Julia Marsh and Emily Smith, June 24, 2014