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Former Knicks player sued by wife for delinquent child support

Parents in New York want to send their children to the best schools possible. Sadly, with education costs soaring the few decades, this aspect of raising a child is becoming harder to manage. Even though education might be a principal need along with daily living expenses and health coverage, meeting that need can be hard for parents who have separated, are divorced or who never married.

When parents have separated or divorced, monthly child support is usually mandated by a support order or as a term of a divorce settlement, and it is usually the responsibility of the noncustodial parent.

Recently, professional basketball player Metta World Peace, who used to be known as Ron Artest, was described by the mother of his 13-year-old son as something of a deadbeat in a child support dispute. According to the athlete, though, he has been paying his $8,000 per month in child support. The mother of his child has filed lawsuit against him, however and is requesting the court to force him to pay her legal fees and deposit $140,000 into an escrow account. The money is to be used to pay for their son's education over four years at a Brooklyn prep school as well as the son's college tuition should pursue higher education.

Only recently let go by the New York Knicks, World Peace supposedly agreed to pay his son's high school tuition at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn but then reportedly failed to honor that agreement.

The school expenses of minors are usually covered by child support; this sometimes includes tuition fees if the supporting parent can afford the costs. College expenses may be another matter; usually a court will factor in such elements as the financial resources of both parents, the standard of living enjoyed by the child and how well he or she does in school. A support modification may be reasonable depending on the financial needs of both parents.

Source: New York Daily News, "Ex-Knick Metta World Peace could face court battle over high-priced tuition for his son," Nathaniel Vinton, April 10, 2014

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