The world famous fashion designer and singer, Marc Anthony, has been ordered by a judge in Florida to pay more money for the support of his two children. He shares the children with his ex-wife, Dayanara Torres, who filed claims asking for an increase in child support payments from the singer. Instead of awarding her the 10-fold increase in child support that she requested, however, the judge ordered Anthony’s obligation to be doubled.
Dayanara Torres requested initially that the singer pay $123,426 per month in child support. However, on June 12, the judge ultimately increased Anthony’s $14,400 per month payments up to $26,800 instead. The singer’s ex-wife also claimed that he had neglected his children by spending just 35 days with them in 2013. Anthony argued that those numbers were not accurate. He also submitted court papers that show he spent 71 days with his kids in 2012.
The singer’s ex-wife filed her request for a child support increase in late 2013. As her reasoning for the increase, she sited changes in lifestyle and other financial child support needs. For example, she said that she required a housekeeper and a nanny, and this would cost at least $7,000 per month.
As per their initial divorce agreement, Anthony’s ex-wife was provided with the couple’s house in Florida, two cars and vacation money. In addition to the increase in child support, the judge further ordered Marc Anthony to increase his ex-wife’s annual vacation budget to $12,000 annually.
Changes to alimony and child support are not uncommon after a Florida divorce. If the financial circumstances of the receiving and/or paying spouse have changed, for example, a formal request can be made to the court in order to have payments adjusted to more accurately reflect the current financial circumstances of each spouse.
Source: Examiner, “Marc Anthony court order doubles his monthly child support payment to $26,800” Richard Webster, Jun. 13, 2014