Basketball fans in Texas may be interested to learn that L.A. Clippers star Lance Stephenson has been asked to make higher child support payments for two of his children. Though Stephenson already pays $6,000 per month to the mother of his 4-year-old and 1-year-old children, the mother has petitioned the court for an increase in the child support payments to $12,000 per month.
On Dec. 11, Stephenson's ex testified in Brooklyn Family Court that the child support she currently receives from Stephenson does not meet her family's needs. She said that $12,000 per month would be 'reasonable" and would allow her to move her children to a safer part of Brooklyn. The mother also claimed that an increase in child support could allow her to pay for child care so that she could earn a college degree.
Prior to her court appearance, the mother claimed that she personally asked Stephenson for an increase in child support payments. However, Stephenson told her that the $6,000 she receives is already too much, and he did not want to go to court. Stephenson's lawyer told the court that the mother has $4,000 in a savings account, and her petition for a child support increase is simply an effort to enhance her own lifestyle.
After a judge issues an initial child support order, the order may need to be revisited several times throughout the child's life. If the income of the paying parent or the receiving parent changes, either parent may petition the court for an order modification. A lawyer may be able to help a parent to present a strong argument for a modification to a child support order.
Source: Madame Noire, "Mom Of NBA Star Lance Stephenson's Two Kids Seeking 'Reasonable" $12,000 A Month In Child Support," Victoria Uwumarogie, Dec. 14, 2015