Former spouses commonly seek to amend the court’s order for child support as circumstances change after the marriage is officially over. Petitions to either increase or decrease the amount of child support are common in Orlando and Winter Park. When celebrities get divorced, their lives also take unexpected turns, which may lead to requests for more child support. An example at the moment is pop singer Britney Spears and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
Spears’ well-publicized emotional difficulties led to the creation of a conservatorship that placed Spears under the care of her father. Her husband, Kevin Federline, was awarded custody of the couple’s two boys who are now 11 and 12. While under the still existing conservatorship, Spears performed in and around Las Vegas and grossed more than $137 million over four years. The money is controlled by Spears’ father under the terms of the conservatorship.
Federline’s attorney recently sent Spears a letter in which he stated that his client wants to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment that he is currently receiving. The reasoning behind the request may appear unusual, to say the least. Federline has said that his ex-wife’s show was successful because the “boys have been in her life.” Federline has also expressed his belief that he should be paid more money in order to “recognize” his sacrifices in raising the boys and in going “above and beyond what most people would do in this situation. Spears and Federline are attempting to resolve the issue by negotiating an out-of-court settlement.
The amount of money involved obviously makes this case extraordinary. However, it demonstrates a common phenomenon: couples attempting to resolve a post-divorce dispute over child support without invoking the assistance of the court. Anyone who is considering taking a similar step, or anyone who is faced with such a request, might want to consult an experienced divorce attorney before proceeding. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide assistance in formulating an argument and in gathering evidence that will maximize the chances of a favorable outcome.
Source: WFTV9, “Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success,” Feb. 23, 2018