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Big battle over child support between Marc Anthony and wife

Latin superstar Marc Anthony and his ex-wife Dayanara Torres, a former Miss Universe, are currently embroiled in a fierce child support battle concerning their two children. The two have been apart since 2004, and she wants him to pay almost 10 times as much child support as he has been paying.

He currently pays $13,000 a month, but she is asking that it be increased to a monthly $112,000 monthly child support payment. The current amount was set after their divorce, at a time that Anthony claimed that he was having money difficulties. Almost immediately after the finalization of the divorce, however, he was taking new wedding vows with Jennifer Lopez, another celebrity, and giving her an expensive 8.5 caret engagement ring. The ring along had a price tag of around $4 to $8 million dollars.

He later divorced Lopez, too, and Torres claims that he pays her much more child support for twins they had together and currently earns around $1.25 million a month. Given that Lopez earned approximately $52 million in 2012, those twins are clearly lacking little. Torres, in contrast, claims that she and her children live in a small apartment and that Anthony has essentially been an absentee father to her children.

Many in Texas have closely followed the unfolding family law celebrity courtroom battle. Awards of child support usually take into account both the needs of the children and the ability of a noncustodial parent to pay. Non-celebrity parents do not have the kind of multi-million dollar earnings involved in this case; however, they do have the possibility of going back to court later to seek modification when the needs of the children change or when the income of the non-custodial parent changes.

Source: Huffington Post, "Marc Anthony's Ex Dayana Torres Drags Jennifer Lopez Into Child Support Battle (Report)" No author given, Nov. 27, 2013

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