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Is $7,000 monthly child support award ludicrous?

Arguing about child support in court is something that no parent wants to have to do. However, it can be a necessary fight to have when the well-being and care of a child is at stake. In general, child support cases involve one parent who wants or needs it and another who does not want to pay. In most cases, it is up to each parent to provide the court with information that could affect the decision, but the determination for child support is ultimately left up to the judge.

There are a number of issues that can come up during a child support hearing, and being prepared with financial statements, living expense reports, custody arrangements and other crucial data can be the difference between a satisfactory support determination and disappointment. Those who are able to successfully make their case may be able to limit their financial obligations, if required to pay, or receive as much or more support than requested, if they are collecting payments.

When a parent fails to make a compelling case of child support, he or she could be in for an unpleasant surprise. For example, well-known actor and rapper Ludacris recently learned that he has been ordered to pay $7,000 a month in child support to the mother of his baby. 

Considering the fact that he initially requested that he pay no more than $1,800 a month, it is likely that the court's ruling came as quite a shock to Ludacris.

According to reports, the entertainer claimed that his earnings have been far below what has been expected. Last year, he reportedly pulled in $12 million, but he says that this year is a much different story. His music career has been on hold while he has been working as an actor in the "Fast and Furious 7" film, which has also been delayed as a result of the recent death of Paul Walker, who starred in the film. 

However, the judge was not persuaded. Not only will Ludacris be responsible for $7,000 in monthly child support, he will also have to pay more than $35,000 to the mother of his child for her legal fees. 

Determining child support can be a complicated and confusing process. Rather than trying to navigate the system alone, parents should consider working with an attorney who can provide critical guidance, advice and support.

Source: Inquisitr, "Ludacris Loses Child Support Battle Against Tamika Fuller," April 13, 2014

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