For some athletes, it may be difficult to adjust to a life outside of the spotlight. While they are in their heyday, they are sought after and have large paychecks and huge endorsements. But what happens after they have been out of their sport for over 20 years, and the paychecks have stopped coming? While some may have a little sympathy for them, these former stars still have their responsibilities to their children to fulfill. Those in Massachusetts will be interested to know of a once famous professional baseball star now on a different sort of most wanted list after his failure to make child support payments.
Even before the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act, divorce was tricky, at best, for couples married in states that allow same-sex marriage, such as Massachusetts, but living in a state that bans it. Now, weeks after the ruling, states seem to be muddling through the implications of the ruling on individual states. One couple seeking a same-sex divorce has become very familiar with the effects of marrying in one state, and divorcing in another.
The long awaited response from the Supreme Court has finally arrived. In a very close decision in both cases, the Supreme Court issued rulings in two separate cases that ultimately bolstered advocates for same-sex marriage across the nation. While only a few states, including Massachusetts, have currently legalized same-same marriage, advocates feel that these rulings will ultimately help their case and lead to challenges to individual state law that currently ban such unions.
For divorced parents who are attempting to co-parent, there are new guidelines in the state of Massachusetts. There has been increased national attention brought to the subject of child support recently. For example, even President Barack Obama has spoken about the importance of reform in order to fully engage both parents with the child's life. Massachusetts is ahead of other states in the area of child support in that they have already approved reforms.