Brittany Spears has been in the spotlight for much of her life and many people in New York know that she was married to Kevin Federline for a few years. The couple had two children together and when they divorced Spears was ordered to pay Federline $20,000 a month for child support. Federline recently filed to increase that child support obligation. He states that he is earning less now and he believes she is making more. Spears was recently subpoenaed by Federline to attend a deposition to discuss her finances.
Child support is very important for children and it is ordered in divorces to ensure that both parents are contributing to the child's finances. In most cases, the child support payments are much less than what Spears pays, but the determinations are based on the parties' incomes and Spears earns much more than most people, so her child support payments are much more.
While the amount is very high, their situation is one that many divorced parents do experience as they raise their children. Circumstances change over time and one parent may start earning less than they did at the time of the divorce, or the other parent may start earning much more. Also, the financial needs of the children may increase or decrease. In these situations, parents can seek to have their child support obligations either increased or decreased based on the new circumstances.
Many parents in New York pay child support to the other parent. However, the child support amount may be set when the children are young. This means that the parent could be paying child support for many years. Over that time period, parents' situations change and incomes may change. Parents who experience these changes may seek to have their child support obligations modified.