Britney Spears’s ex-husband Kevin Federline is demanding $60K a month in child support payments — that’s three times the amount he currently receives — to maintain a consistent lifestyle for their two children.
The couple, who documented their three-month courtship in the reality show Chaotic, were married from 2004 to 2007 and reportedly divorced due to Federline’s wild lifestyle. However, neither agreed on who pulled the plug — in 2008, Britney told Rolling Stone that Federline left her and he’s maintained that the divorce “blindsided” him. Regardless, the two share 12-year-old son, Sean, and 11-year-old Jayden Federline.
At the time of their divorce, the couple agreed that Spears, 36, would pay Federline $20K per month in child support, however according to paperwork obtained by celebrity website the Blast, Federline, 40, wants more money.
Federline believes that due to Spears’s status as “one of the most recognized musical performers of our time” and his as “less of a name,” his income has suffered. As a DJ, he earns $3K per month and his age prevents him from earning additional money in his old career as a backup dancer.
“[Spears] is a single woman who lives alone in a 13,264 square foot Neoclassical Italianite villa on 21 acres of land in a gated community with an elevator, a library, a media/game room, 3,500 bottle wine cellar, an additional 1,200 square foot pool house, an orchard, resort-sized pool and spa, lighted tennis court and three-green golf course,” the paperwork states. “In contrast, [Federline] lives with his wife, his two minor children from his current marriage, the two minor children he shares with [Spears] and two minor children from a previous relationship in a 2,000 square foot home.”
Federline has been married to Victoria Prince since 2013 and they are the parents of two daughters, ages 6 and 3. He also fathered a daughter, 14, and a son, Kaleb, now 12, with ex-fiancée Shar Jackson.
The paperwork also states that Spears “has private chefs, tutors, caretakers, security and countless household staff available to the parties’ minor children. The children have numerous ‘toys,’ including ATVs, every video game system imaginable, iPads, laptops, and the best and abundance of clothing, technology and consumer goods. The children vacation multiple times a year with [Spears], including the finest 5-star resorts in such luxury destinations as, by way of example, the Hawaiian Islands.”
And because Federline can’t afford these luxuries, or space in their home for hosting sleepovers, the kids suffer “an extreme disparity” in their lifestyles. Federline also claims that Spears refuses to disclose her income, despite attempts by his lawyer to obtain this information.
Of course, $60K seems like an exorbitant monthly sum, but there are situations that determine its validity, according to Bernard Post, a New York-based divorce attorney.
“It’s not unreasonable to argue that each parent should provide a comparable lifestyle, but it’s not necessary to replicate that lifestyle verbatim,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The first question to ask is, ‘How is the $20K used?’”
Federline’s child support checks are intended to support the children he shares with Spears, but he may be strapped for cash because he’s spending the funds on his four other children or to pay child support to Jackson — and if that’s the case, Spears would never know it.
It’s also difficult to determine whether $60K is a reasonable sum, says Post, without seeing a copy of the former couple’s divorce or custody agreements, the latter of which would outline how often the children live with each parent, and thus, how much support they truly require. “Generally speaking, the parent who pays support is noncustodial — meaning he or she doesn’t have main custody — or one who made a unique deal to pay a certain amount,” says Post.
Other pressing questions: Has Spears agreed to pay for school, vacations, or extracurricular activities on top of her monthly amount, or is Federline expected to stretch that sum to cover all the children’s expenses? And did Federline acquire any assets, like homes, in the divorce from which he benefits?
Federline has receiving a tax-free check for $20K each month — “It boggles the mind that he would ask for more money,” says Post — which is roughly $240,000 per year. No wonder Spears is working overtime.
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