Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Rapper falls behind on child support payments

While instances of Utah divorce and split child custody seem to be an increasingly prevalent occurrence in today's society, it can be difficult to remember that sometimes celebrities face the same challenges as everyone else. In this case, rapper Yung Berg has been accused of falling behind on child support payments to the mother of his son.

Yung Berg, real name Christian Ward, has been accused of skipping multiple child support payments. He and ex-girlfriend, Beanna McFerren, have an autistic son named Lamont. Ward has allegedly fallen behind by $87,000 in payments to McFerren. His delinquent payments have placed him on Illinois' Child Support Services delinquent parent list.

With celebrities, even falling behind on payments, it is easy to see that financial hardship can strike anyone and make it difficult to support growing children. Many people are not aware that some circumstances can actually warrant a change in the amount of child support due. A sudden and severe income change from job loss or disability may be sufficient to qualify for a modification in the court ordered amount of child support. Each state has specified procedures for requesting a modification from the same court that granted the child support order. A judge will hold a hearing to allow arguments about the proposed modification.

Even if child support amounts are manageable in the beginning, circumstances can change such that even a celebrity may find it difficult to keep up with payments. A parent that finds child support obligations more and more difficult to maintain can speak with an experienced family law attorney to determine the eligibility for modifying the ordered amount.

Source: ABC 7, "Yung Berg wanted for falling behind on child support," Nov. 1, 2014

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