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Actor claims child support payment too steep

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

This past weekend many throughout the Chicago area likely watched the Academy Award broadcast as well as red carpet coverage. When seeing so many actors in actresses in expensive clothing and jewelry, it is easy to think that they are all wealthy. While in the case of many performers in Hollywood, this is of course true, for others, particularly those who have not worked for a while it is possible that they may be experiencing financial difficulties. Brendan Fraser, star of the popular “Mummy” series would likely claim to fall into the latter group.

The 44-year-old father of three children is seeking reduce the amount of child support he pays his ex-wife each month. At the time of the former couple’s divorce settlement in 2009, it was determined that the actor would pay a total of $900,000 each year. Though Fraser has made several films since the settlement was reached, he claims he is unable to work as much as he once did, due to undisclosed medical issues he has experienced.

On the other side of the aisle, the actor’s ex-wife claims that the amount should be increased. This is due to the allegation that at the time of the divorce settlement, Fraser failed to disclose film contracts he had that were worth $9 million.

While it is easy to idolize and put actors on a pedestal, this situation serves as a reminder to us all that things are not always as they seem. In addition, in the legal system, preferential treatment is not given because of one’s occupation. Each state’s family law systems pertains to all individuals residing in the state, regardless of their wealth or fame.

Source: Huffington Post, “Brendan Fraser Broke, Can’t Afford $900,000 Child Support Payment To Ex-Wife,” Feb. 15, 2013

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