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Father of Beyonce Knowles gets child support modification

North Carolina parents may be interested in the story of one celebrity father who has successfully lowered child support payments. The modification comes after the man's income was lowered significantly after his star daughter fired him.

Singer Beyonce Knowles' father, Mathew Knowles, worked as his daughter's manager until 2011. During this time, Knowles was married to Beyonce's mother, a union that had lasted for nearly 30 years. In 2009, Knowles was named in a paternity suit brought by an actress who claimed that Knowles had fathered a son with her while he was still married to his wife. Beyonce's mother filed for divorce one month later. As a result of the paternity action, the actress was awarded monthly payments of $12,000 for child support.

In 2011, Knowles was fired from his job as Beyonce's manager. Reports indicate that Knowles has had a few acting jobs since then. However, due to his lowered income, Knowles asked for a hearing earlier this year in order to get a child support modification. A California judge agreed with Knowles that his income had indeed diminished, but also ordered him to pay the child's mother $15,000 in attorneys' fees. The recent ruling on the question of child support in favor of Knowles has reduced his monthly payment to approximately $2,500.

The consequences of failing to make the monthly payments mandated by a child support agreement can be serious. For a parent who has custody of the child, these support payments are essential to provide everyday expenses and other necessary costs. If there has been a failure to pay child support, a family law attorney may be able to bring an action to recover the unpaid funds.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Beyonce's Father, Mathew Knowles, Granted Cut In Child Support", March 05, 2014

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