For Love and Money – Celebrities Pay Child Support Too
Tabloid newspapers and check stand magazines offer daily news of the next celebrity marriage on the rocks. Madonna got divorced again some time ago, and the break-up rumors of Brangelina, super-cool couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, are perennial gossip fodder. An industry floored by the dissolution of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony moved quickly last summer to the gossiped split of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
Amid the couplings and de-couplings, the hit movies and best-forgotten songs, children are born and raised. While celebrity relationships may pass in the blink of an eye, childhood is not quite the same.
When the party—and the marriage—is over, celebrities endure the same divorce issues faced by splitting couples across the country. These include negotiation of child support, property division, and spousal support.
Consider Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Both high-profile personalities, married 25 years with four children, the painful discovery of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s infidelity played out online and in the press last summer in the form of an innocent child fathered out of wedlock by Mr. Schwarzenegger. Although both parties have significant wealth, Ms. Shriver is receiving child support and has enlisted forensic accountants and child support attorneys to ensure appropriate asset division, and support awards, as allowed under California law
Also in California, late summer revealed the split of singer Melissa Etheridge and her partner of nine years, Tammy Lynn Michaels. The two disagree on property division, child support, spousal support—and whether the two were actually ever legally married.
In August of this year, supermodel Linda Evangelista asked a New York court to award her $46,000 per month in child support for her four-year-old son fathered by Francois Henri-Pinault, a multi-millionaire businessman who is also the husband of actress Salma Hayek. In cases of high income, New York courts do not base child support awards on net income, but on the needs and resources of the child at issue.
Tomorrow will bring gossip of another celebrity break-up, or a newly formed couple—like Texan Sandra Bullock and longtime co-star Keanu Reeves.
Laws differ by state, but divorce issues faced by splitting couples in California are similar to those contemplating divorce in Texas. In Fort Worth, if considering divorce, speak with child support attorneys who can help you move on with your life—and help your children enjoy their childhood.
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