Celebrity custody change leads to support request

When custody agreements change, child support provisions must also be modified. Minnesota parents who gain more time with their children may require additional financial support for a variety of reasons, including school tuition, health care and other basic necessities. A recent courtroom filing by the ex-wife of TV's famed "Two and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer demonstrates the need for such modifications, as she is seeking a large increase in the amount she receives every month in child support payments.

A recent change to the family's custody arrangements allowed the woman to gain 50 percent custody of her son; previously, he only spent 4 percent of his time with his mother. In light of this change, the woman is seeking an increase from her $8,000 monthly payment to a whopping $88,000. The woman, who is currently unemployed, told reporters that her ex-husband makes $2 million per month, though that information has not been confirmed.

Although the request might seem extreme, attorneys for the woman claim that she intends to spend all of the money on her child. The fact remains that when her teenaged son is with his father, he is able to afford the luxuries that other children at his school generally enjoy. Without additional financial support, the boy will be left behind at his Sherman Oaks, California, school, potentially missing out on educational school trips and even basic recreation such as birthday parties. If the child is unable to compete with his peers, he may suffer future set-backs because of professional and social limitations, according to the woman and her attorney.

So far, the two parents have not reached a modified child support agreement, but the woman's petition is scheduled for a hearing in early 2014. It is possible that the couple will reach a private settlement before the formal courtroom hearing.

www.nydailynews.com, "Jon Cryer's ex-wife Sarah Trigger demands $88,000 a month in child support, claims son 'needs to be able to compete with his peers'" Nancy Dillon, Oct. 25, 2013

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