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Mel Gibson Ordered to Pay $20,000 Per Month in Child Support

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The star of Lethal Weapon wanted to keep child support payments to his 11-month old daughter Lucia down to just $5,000 per month. This was the amount that Mel Gibson was paying to his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva before a Los Angeles judge upped the amount to $20,000 per month.

AHN News reports that that the Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva originally asked the courts to award her $60,000 per month. While the baby mama on her own is more wealthy than the average person, she claimed that the large amount of money is needed because Lucia needs round-the-clock security as the daughter of such a high-profile celebrity. The mother is now also more than $100,000 in debt from legal fees. Family law attorneys say that $20,000 a month is not too much money for the 40-year-old mom.

Family law attorney Daniel Horowitz, "Everything in Hollywood is to excess. Mel Gibson is worth upwards of $1 billion. It's a very modest award by Hollywood standards and a very high award by normal people standards."

Perhaps Oksana Grigorieva can be an inspiration to many women and custodial parents in the state Texas that are trying to get more money in child support from the non-custodial parents. The modification of child support can often be a simple process, especially if both parties are in agreement on the modification. If there's a dispute on how much child support the non-custodial parent should be paying, a Houston family law attorney can often step in and provide representation to either party. More information on child support laws in Texas can be found through our Related Resource pages.

Related Resources:

  • State-Specific Child Support Information (FindLaw)
  • Contact a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • FAQ Regarding Modification of Child Support Orders (FindLaw)

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