Louisiana Looking to Collect Past Due Child Support from Gambling Winnings

Louisiana has legal gambling.

Some divorced and separated parents of Louisiana children collectively owe $1 billion in child support. Many individual parents owe more than $10,000.

Some of those parents win money gambling though.

What’s wrong with this picture?

A Louisiana senator believes a parent’s gambling winnings should be applied to that parent’s back child support.

And he’s introduced legislation to make that happen, at least where the parent’s winnings exceed $1,200.

This is likely easier, less expensive and generally more effective than garnishing wages and suspending driver’s and professional licenses.

If the proposed legislation is passed, Louisiana will join the ranks of states that already look to gambling winnings for child support arrears.

Read more in this [Louisiana] Daily World editorial: Seize winnings of deadbeat parents.

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Retired Police Officer Convicted of Shooting At Wife’s House and Neighbors’ Houses

Husband wants Wife to come outside to talk with him.

Wife refuses.

So Husband allegedly “shoots up” Wife’s house.

And two of her neighbors’ houses too.

The neighbors made the mistake of noticing Husband stalking Wife.

Husband is arrested for multiple counts each of reckless endangerment and use of a dangerous weapon.

At the time of his arrest, he is in possession of an assault rifle.

Husband is convicted of the charges against him.

Husband is sentenced to three consecutive five year prison terms.

Husband is also sentenced to additional time which will run concurrently.

Husband is also sentenced to twelve years of extended supervision.

Husband is a retired police officer.

Read more in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article: Retired police officer sentenced in shooting up house.

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Adoption Tax Credit Modified to Better Impact Lower Income Families Adopting Children in Foster Care

For more than a decade, there has been a tax credit for expenses of adoption.

In theory, the idea behind the tax credit was to encourage adoption of children out of foster care.

But, in reality, eighty percent of the credits went to those adopting privately.

The re-worked adoption tax credit now affords a tax refund to the many adopting families who don’t earn enough income or otherwise have enough tax liability to get the full benefit of the tax credit (approximately $13,000).

Although foster care adoption itself costs less than private adoptions, many of the adoptees have special needs that may cost their adoptive families more over time.

Child welfare agency workers now need to get the word out about the revamped adoption tax credit.

Read more in this Columbus [OH] Dispatch article: Adoption credit expanded.

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Go Figure … Samurai Sword Attack Insufficient Grounds for Divorce, But Mere Abandonment Works

Long Island Husband and Wife are married for thirty years.

It’s not the best of marriages.

Wife allegedly threatens Husband with a three foot long samurai sword near his chest.

Husband claims to have had to lock himself in his room overnight for safety.

Later, Wife moves to another state to start a business.

Husband files for divorce.

New York still requires fault-based grounds for divorce, unless the spouses legally separate for a year under a settlement agreement.

Husband asserts cruel and inhuman treatment by Wife as his grounds, citing the samurai sword incident.

Trial court doesn’t buy Husband’s grounds, because Husband wasn’t hurt, didn’t go to the hospital and didn’t call the police. And because Husband holds a black belt in karate…

All is not lost however.

Trial court finds that the ground of abandonment is met, by Wife’s relocation out of state.

Husband and Wife are successfully divorced.

But Wife may appeal.

Read more in this New York Daily News article: Family court judge says Samurai sword attack not grounds for divorce.

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month Spotlighted Around the Country All Month

Across the nation, communities have been sponsoring events large and small to raise awareness of child abuse and recognize that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

There are over 100,000 reports of child abuse each year in North Carolina alone.

Child abuse can take the form of actual violence, sexual assault, psychological volleys or neglect.

Anyone who suspects that a child is being abused should report the suspected abuse and let trained investigators make the final call.

Ceremonies honor child advocates and child victims.

Florida hosted its first Faith Leader Prevention and Permanency Roundtable, attracting forty leading spiritual leaders from around the state.

In Virginia, children created a pinwheel garden.

Everywhere, literature and programs are distributed to educate communities about local resources available to victims and families.

Read more in

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Former Husband and Ex-Auto Dealer Arrested for Contempt for Not Paying Alimony and Ex’s Attorney’s Fees as Court Ordered

Husband and Wife are divorced.

Husband used to own a successful car dealership in Tampa.

Husband was arrested a couple of weeks ago for not paying alimony to Wife and Wife’s attorney’s fees, as court ordered.

A civil warrant is issued against Husband.

Law enforcement officers go to Husband’s home.

Husband declines to answer the door, and hides in a closet.

Officers find an open window and enter Husband’s home.

Husband is arrested again for contempt of court and obstructing an officer without violence, by hiding from authorities.

Husband is released from confinement after posting a small bail … and paying the $119, 875 he was ordered to pay.

Read more in this Tampa Tribune article: Ex-auto dealer arrested again and this St. Petersburg Times article: Ernie Haire III hides in closet to avoid arrest on contempt charge, deputies say.

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Dumped Boyfriend Sues for Return of Seventeen Thousand Dollar Diamond Engagement Ring

New York Boy meets Girl.

Boy proposes to Girl.

Girl accepts.

Boy puts a $17,500 diamond engagement ring on Girl’s finger.

A few months later, Girl has second thoughts and calls the engagement off.

Boy asks for engagement ring back.

Girl ignores Boy.

Finally, Boy files a lawsuit in civil court.

It is anticipated that the Court will rule in Boy’s favor, because an engagement ring is different from other gifts.

This particular type of gift is made specifically to “induce” marriage, and going through with the marriage is an implied condition of the gift.

Read more in this Staten Island [NY] Advance article: Diamond dispute: She dumps Staten Island man, but keeps ring.

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Alimony, Child Support and Income Taxes

Before tax season fades out of sight and out of mind, it is worth a refresher (or primer) on tax treatment of two of the most common types of payments required in a divorce settlement:

  • Child Support – Child support is not deductible by the parent paying it, nor is it taxable income to the parent receiving it.

  • Alimony – Alimony (or spousal support), however, is a different tax story. Alimony is generally deductible by the spouse paying it and taxable income to the spouse receiving it. According to a California CPA, it should be noted that alimony is not deductible for the period that the spouses live in the same residence. That California CPA also highlights that, for income tax purposes, support payments are applied first to child support, until it is paid in full, and only then to spousal support. So, if the paying spouse is behind in their payments, they will not get a tax benefit for characterizing payments as alimony when child support is not fully paid.

Read more in this Merced [CA] Sun-Star article: David Bruner, The Tax Man: Alimony, child support.

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Biological Parents Arrested for Kidnapping Their Biological Son, Who Was Legally Adopted by Another Couple

Early teen Son was legally adopted in California when he was three years old, after his biological parents lost custody of him. They reportedly have a history of narcotics-related convictions.

Recently, Son comes into contact with his biological parents.

Son goes missing.

Son is found.

Son’s biological parents are arrested on kidnapping charges.

The unusual case where two biological parents may properly be charged with kidnapping their own biological offspring.

Read more in this [Los Angeles] NBC 4 TV news article: 13-Year-Old Boy Returned Home; Biological Parents Arrested and this [Inland Empire, CA] Press-Enterprise article: Birth parents sought in teen’s disappearance.

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It’s 10PM. Do You Know Where Your Bank Deposit Is Now?

State of Arizona collects some overdue child support from a Washington State father’s bank account. Cleans it out in fact.

Sounds like a good thing.

But it’s not.

Because the father who owns the account is not the father of the child for whom the child support was seized.

He has a similar (and common sounding) name.

But he’s a totally different guy.

It’s undoubtedly a computer’s fault. It usually is. Or so they say.

Arizona doesn’t really know how it happened.

But they believe that they’ve made full restitution to the victim. After media intervention.

Now the poor guy feels like he has to check on his account balance every single day … just in case.

Meanwhile, Arizona presumably still hasn’t found the right guy, the one who reportedly owes $46,000 in child support.

Read more in this Seattle KING 5 TV news article: Wrong man’s bank account cleared for child support money.

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