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Judge denies rapper Ludacris’ request for child support reduction

Family law judges in Sarasota, and elsewhere, use a number of factors in order to help determine the amount of a parent’s monthly child support payments, including his or her income. There are situations, however, where a person’s income may change from the time when the support arrangement is made. In the event the change in income is a reduction, a parent may find himself or herself unable to afford their monthly payments.

Recently, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges sought to have his child support payments reduced for his four-month-old daughter. Bridges reportedly claimed that, based on his average monthly earnings of nearly $26,000, he could only afford monthly payments of $1,800. The rapper and movie star argued that his income was affected by a number of factors, including the poor performance of his recent singles and the stopped production of his most recent film, Fast & Furious 7, after the death of his co-star.

Despite Bridges’ claims, a judge recently ordered him to pay $7,000 per month. In addition, he was also ordered to make a payment of $35,000 to his daughter’s mother and to pay her attorney fees. It was not disclosed whether the lump sum payment was to cover back payments, or some other costs or fees.

When determined by a judge, child support payments are tantamount to a court order and must be made in order to avoid other legal issues. Parents who find themselves unable to make their required payments, because of an income reduction or some other reason, may find it of benefit to consult with an attorney to discuss their options for seeking a modification to their support arrangement.

Source: Uptown Magazine, “Judge Orders $35K in Ludacris Child Support Battle,” M L Ward, April 14, 2014

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