One of the stars of a hit sitcom based in California is being sued for increased child support. Actor Jon Cryer’s ex-wife recently requested that the judge increase her monthly child support payments from $8,000 to nearly $90,000. The couple divorced in 2004 after being married for five years.
In court documents the ex-wife, who previously worked as an actress but is currently unemployed, reveals that the actor’s income is approximately $2 million per month. The reason that she was receiving only $8,000 is that she had their 13-year-old son only four percent of the time. When her time with the boy increased to nearly fifty percent of the time, she claims that her expenses also increased significantly. The boy’s mother expressed concerns that the support she was receiving was inadequate to provide her son with the same level of care and privilege that other children at his prestigious private school receive. For example, Cryer’s ex-wife expressed a desire to pay for summer camps, vacations to foreign countries, a cell phone and other luxury items for her son.
Cryer did not immediately respond to his request for comment on the pending litigation. His ex-wife chose not to issue a public statement.
When circumstances change, a parent may have a right to request a modification to an existing child custody or child support order. A family law attorney may be able to help parents negotiate an agreement to allow modification without going back to court. If necessary, an attorney may be able to file a petition asking the judge to approve the change.
Source: ABC News, “Jon Cryer’s Ex Wants Nearly $90K Per Month in Child Support“, Luchina Fischer, October 29, 2013