American singer, actor and television producer Marc Anthony has demonstrated a certain popularity with women. According to a recent report, one of his ex-wives, is demanding that he increase hischild-support payments for their two children, 10 and 12, from their marriage of 2000 to 2004.
Antony reportedly pays $13,000 per month in child support and $3,500 in spousal support to his ex-wife and does not see any reason to pay more. Antony's attorney noted that the singer is paying for his children's school and extracurricular expenses, band lessons, and medical and dental care. His ex-wife, however, says their children deserve more and is demanding that Antony raise his support payments to $112,000 a month based on the wealth from his singing and acting careers.
Antony has other children, too -- a daughter from a relationship before his marriage to Torres, and fraternal twins with his second ex-wife, singer Jennifer Lopez.
The income of both parents is a significant factor in determining child support. This rule applies in divorce cases anywhere in the United States, Georgia included. When a custodial parent believes that the supporting parent's income has increased significantly, a child-support modification request often follows. This is particularly true of celebrities who often generate wealth from their careers and other business interests.
Child-support modifications are not limited to just increases in the supporting parent's income. Increasing child-care costs or other child needs may also spark a modification request. In contrast, a supporting parent's job loss or medical condition or injury could lead to a decrease in that parent's child-support obligation.
Whether modification of child support is granted depends on the circumstances, the state and the case. Regardless, parents should keep in mind that child support, like child custody, should always be provided to meet the child's best interests.