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Child Support Reaches for the Stars

Child support and spousal support are a common thing that many people face.  Those who choose to disregard their obligations in this area face stiff repercussions both from society and from the courts.  In comparison to some of the payments that celebrities have to pay, no one really has an excuse to dodge their child support payments, as some of these sums are quite high.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons was ordered by the Los Angeles Superior Court to pay $40,000 a month until his two daughters are 19 and a half.  Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell’s ex-wife has sole custody of the two girls, ages 9 and 6.  We understand the need for child support payments to support a child, but $80,000 a month seems, well, “excessive” is probably the nicest way to say it.  But, Russell is handling it well, stating that, so long as he has money, his daughters will have money too.  It kind of puts things into perspective when a guy can afford to fork over $80 thousand a month and be happy about it.

Rapper Nas is reported to have to pay more than $51,000 a month.  Although this is a combination of spousal support and child support, the rapper has since had his payments halved by the courts.  The singer was at one point married to the “Milkshake” singer, which makes the couple’s divorce more than a little bit ironic considering that rumors of infidelity are what ended the couple’s marriage.  Nas commented that the amount he was expected to pay was more than what a lot of his fellow hip-hoppers were making annually, and although it has not been smooth sailing, it looks like the payments are current.

Not all celebs who have monstrous child support payments are involved in hip-hop, though.  New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is looking at significant payment each year totaling $500,000.  If the Devils win the Stanley Cup this year, it will help soften the blow, but that is unlikely, as the Los Angeles Kings are expected to come out on top.  According to those representing the parties, the lifestyle that was established during the marriage necessitated the alimony and child support payments reaching the levels that they did.  Four children necessitating $500,000 a year per child seems a bit much, but at least there is an expiration to it–originally, it was indefinitely.

To wrap it up, and to show that women can do anything that men can do (in some cases, better), although Britney Spears has a comparatively low payment of $20,00 a month, but she is not the recipient.  No, Kevin Federline receives $20,000 a month for child support payments after the erratic behavior the pop star showed landed her in the hospital and her father being named the conservator of her estate.  Federline has always been teased by the media, but frankly, we are not aware of any other guys who had kids with a pop icon and now gets twenty grand a month.

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