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Gold diggers and child support

Family lawyers and authors say that the existing child support system in Florida and other states is flawed. They allege that the child support system provides an incentive for some individuals in Florida and other areas to have kids in exchange for money, but that it punishes poor parents.

Several large child support awards have been provided in recent years that divorce lawyers believe provide the incentive for some people to have children with wealthy individuals. For example, Halle Berry reportedly pays out an annual amount of $240,000 each year to her ex-boyfriend. A wealthy mogul was ordered to pay $100,000 a month for a child that was proven not to be his. Charlie Sheen's ex Brooke Mueller received $55,000 a month in child support for the two children she had with the actor. The Mueller case highlights another problem with the existing child support system: a lack of monitoring of how child support funds are used. Sheen's ex is now in rehab after Child Protective Services removed the children from her care, begging the question where she received the money to purchase illegal substances when she was not working and her only conceivable source of income was child support.

While the wealthy may be able to afford large child support payments, poorer clients may have difficulty paying this amount. When child support is determined based on a child support formula, a noncustodial parent is required to pay a certain percentage of his or her income for child support. A person who has an income of $10,000,000 is much more able to pay 18 percent of his income to support than someone who earns $10,000.

Florida family law attorneys help people seek child support. They also help individuals seek child support modifications when material changes have occurred.

Source: The Root, "Child-Support Laws: A Boon for Gold Diggers?", Keli Goff, May 22, 2013