California celebrity followers may be interested in the outcome of the child support battle between singer Marc Anthony and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. Torres had asked for a nearly $100,000 a month increase in Anthony's child support payments for their two sons, but what she got was much less, although it is double what Anthony was paying previously.
Torres' lawyer contended that Anthony, who had been paying $13,400 a month in child support, should be paying an amount based on his income and expenses. State calculations, according to the lawyer, put the amount in the range of $80,000 to $125,000. The lawyer and Torres asked for $113,000. Anthony's lawyer offered an increase to $28,000, plus a hike in the travel budget for the children to $30,000 a year.
In the end, things went better for Anthony than he and his lawyer expected, with the judge deciding on $26,800 in child support and a $12,000 travel budget. The original agreement that Anthony would pay child support until the boys, aged 10 and 13, turned 21 was also changed, and now he must only pay until they are 18. Torres' lawyer argued that Anthony barely spends any time with the children. Anthony's lawyer conceded that Torres is a good parent, but claimed that she is not good at managing money.
Child support cases can be complex, and judges consider many different factors in determining child support payments. Parents who are expecting to pay child support or to receive it for their children could consult with a family law attorney. The attorney could help a parent understand their rights and assist in negotiating an agreement that is fair to all parties involved.
Source: Latin Times, "Marc Anthony Vs. Dayanara Torres Case: Puerto Rican Singer Ordered To Double Child Support", Maria G. Valdez , June 16, 2014