Whether you are a celebrity or part of the working class, we can all agree that having children can be pretty expensive. From the hospital bill that comes with labor and delivery, to clothing, diapers and all of the other necessities for raising a child. Anyone would do their best to save as much money as possible. And that’s not even including health care costs, tuition, birthday and holiday gifts that come with raising a son or daughter.
While being a parent is one of the greatest joys many people experience, having a child comes with a wealth of responsibilities. Celebrities who don’t have primary custody of their children are often ordered to pay child support.
Celebrities are not exempt from this obligation, especially when they decide to separate from their partners. Some of Hollywood’s elite have to pay a pretty penny to make sure their children are well taken care of. Some of these large child support checks may be the result of scorned exes, but in the end, it’s all about making sure that the children’s best interests are taken care of. Here are 10 celebrities who are obligated to pay $20,000 or more in child support payments per month.
10 Mel Gibson
9 Britney Spears
8 Russell Simmons
7 Francois Henri-Pinault
6 Eddie Murphy
The actor, comedian, writer, singer and director has eight children to support. Eddie Murphy was married to model and actress Nicole Murphy, until 2006, and the couple have five children together. Eddie Murphy also has two children from a previous marriage.
After his divorce from Nicole, he was in a relationship with Spice Girls' Mel B and the two had a daughter together. Initially, Murphy denied paternity of the child until a DNA test proved otherwise, making his daughter with Mel B child number 8. Murphy is ordered to pay Mel B $51,000 a month in child support, which doesn't even include the children he had with his ex-wife Nicole, and the children he fathered before the marriage.
5 Stevie J
4 Charlie Sheen
2 Sean Combs
1 Kirk Kerkorian
This casino mogul knows a thing or two about rolling in the big bucks, and shelling them out. His net worth is over $3 billion, so paying $100,000 a month in child support doesn't put too much of a dent in his pocket. He pays support for his 13-year-old daughter Kira, and is obligated to pay for her basic needs until she turns 19 or is no longer a full-time student. After Kira is no longer in school, Kerkorian will be required to pay $50,000 a month. Surprisingly, whether or not Kerkorian is Kira’s biological father, is still being disputed.
Sources: blackamericaweb.com, abcnews.go.com, forbes.com
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