When two people decide to split up, one person might end up with physical custody of their shared child. This can pose a problem if the person who has primary custody seeks child support payments from the other parent and they disagree on the amount that is fair. The other parent may fear being financially taken advantage of in the process, even though they want to provide for their children. A judge looks at both sides of the story and must decide what is fair, all for the sake of the child the couple shares in Virginia.
A recent high-profile case in another state involves well-known rapper Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges. Ludacris was required to give the mom of his baby a whopping monthly amount of $7,000. This decision came after he provided documents that supposed showed he was able to pay nearly $2,000 per month.
Bridges had the baby with Tamika Fuller while he was on a hiatus from Eudoxie, his girlfriend. Bridges had a filed a suit in an effort to establish who the child's father was and to decrease the amount he would have to pay in child support. Bridges said that he earned only a little under $26,000 a month because filming was stopped on the movie "Fast and Furious 7" due to the untimely death of Paul Walker, who was to star in the movie with him.
A judge in such cases takes a look at multiple factors when determining how much one parent will pay in child support in Virginia. It certainly is possible for the two parents to strike a deal outside of court, which may increase their chances of achieving an outcome that both parties can embrace. It is essential to understand one's rights in this situation so that the parent with primary custody gets the monthly child support payments he or she deserves while the other person pays only what is reasonable.
Source: UPTOWN Magazine, "Judge Orders $35K in Ludacris Child Support Battle", M.L. Ward, April 14, 2014