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Carolina Panthers seeking dismissal of child support petition

When a North Carolina parent fails to make monthly payments for the support of his child, a court may decide to issue an order to have the amount taken out of his paycheck. Generally, the amount of money that a parent is ordered to pay is based on a child support formula that uses a number of variables including the needs of the child or the income of the parent. If the parent receiving child support feels that the amount is not enough, they can file a petition and ask the court to raise the amount.

The Carolina Panthers of the National Football League have been brought into a child support dispute involving wide receiver Brandon LaFell. A submitted court order said that LaFell's pay should be garnished by the team. The Panthers have responded with a petition that asked for a dismissal of the order. The issue was not over the child support amount, but over the fact that the case is from Texas while the Panthers are based in North Carolina.

LaFell is the father of a 2-year-old boy and says that he pays $1,500 a month for the child's care. The child and his mother live in Texas, and the amount is in accordance with that state's child support laws, according to his attorneys. However, the mother asserts that LaFell should be paying her $4,000 a month and has been taking legal action against the player.

It is not known if LaFell's attorneys have filed a response to the mother's claims, but they are likely to. It will be up to a judge to determine the validity of the mother's claim and whether the Panthers will have to withhold the money.

Source: The Charlotte Observer, "Panthers want LaFell petition to be dismissed," Joseph Person, Feb. 6, 2013

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