New Jersey fans of Britney Spears may be aware of her success with a Las Vegas residency. It earned her about $15 million, but it has also caused her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, to request more than the $20,000 monthly she pays him in child support for their two sons.
When Spears and Federline divorced in 2007, she paid him more than $1 million. The child support amount was based on her income at the time, but she was struggling both in her career and with mental health issues. In addition to the Vegas residency, she has since released four additional albums.
Initially, Federline’s attorney wrote a letter to Spears’ attorney asking for more in child support. Federline then followed up by phoning Spears’ father and asking for an increase in the amount. He could not provide an answer when Spears’ father asked him what he needed the additional money for. Spears’ father also pointed out that despite her higher income, Spears had not changed the way in which she provided for their sons. Federline’s attorney did not provide a dollar amount or reason for the requested increase.
Child support is generally calculated in most states based on factors that include both parents’ income and who is responsible for health care. A significant change in either parent’s financial situation might lead to a modification of the amount. For example, a parent might have a drop in income and be unable to pay the original amount. However, this should be done through the court system. If there is a child support order in place and the parent simply stops paying, that parent will owe arrears even if the modification is later approved.
Source: Pop Culture, “Kevin Federline Tries Again for More Child Support From Britney Spears“, Daniel Levine, March 19, 2018