A 19-year-old Chicago mother went to the police when her baby's father picked up the child for a weekend visit then failed to return the baby as planned. The kidnapping scare soon turned into a custody dispute case when police discovered the father at home claiming he was "filling out paperwork" to have custody granted to himself.
Dennis Rodman, the controversial and flamboyant former NBA star, has been held in contempt of court for failure to make child support payments in the amount of $500,000. This is the latest in a series of contempt charges by the ex-basketball player for failure to pay child support; in May, the celebrity was ordered to 104 hours of community service for failure to pay support for two years. He served his time, but Rodman now finds himself back in court for non-payment charges.Although Rodman's ex-wife argued that he owed her $850,000, the judge has decided that Rodman is in arrears for about $500,000. Rodman is currently on informal probation, but he could be sent to jail if he doesn't pay up.
A Navy veteran who was paralyzed from the chest down is fighting a child custody battle with her ex-husband over her ability to care for their young son. At issue is whether the woman's disability makes her a poor choice for custody of the child, a position the mother disputes.
Two years ago the Winnebago County State's Attorney's office made a promise to go after "deadbeat parents" who do not pay child support as ordered, but there still have been few successful cases. The state's attorney's office claims that prosecution has not been easy, although this excuse does not sit well with the parents who are struggling to support their children without these necessary payments.