North Carolina residents who follow professional basketball may be familiar with Lance Stephenson. The shooting guard's high-octane style of play led to a contract from the Los Angeles Clippers worth about $9 million per year, and the mother of the 25-year-old New Yorker's two children wants more of this money to be paid to her each month in Child Support. The woman says that the $6,000 that she currently receives is not enough, and she has asked a family court judge in New York to double her child support to $12,000 per month.
The woman says that she is seeking to have her monthly child support payments doubled so that she can move the two young children to a safer part of Brooklyn. The woman also points to grocery bills of about $1,000 per month and a $3,000 per month daycare facility as reasons for increasing Stephenson's child support obligations.
Stephenson says that he pays more than enough to ensure that his children are properly cared for, and he points to thousands of dollars that the woman has saved as evidence that she already receives more than she spends. The child support case is scheduled to be heard in March 2016.
Judges in cases like this one make their decisions based upon what they believe will be in the best interests of the children involved. Family law attorneys with experience in this area may seek to have child support arrangements modified in situations where the financial situation of either of the parents has changed.
Source: The New York Daily News, "NBA star Lance Stephenson in Brooklyn court over child support battle with ex - who wants $12K a month", Christina Carrega-Woodby, Sept. 3, 2015
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