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Former NBA player's ex demands $15,000 a month in child support

The ex-girlfriend of former NBA player Quincy Douby is seeking $15,000 a month in child support to cover expenses for the former player's five-year-old daughter. Currently, the former NBA player is paying around $1,500 in child support. The story has important lessons for Missouri residents. It encourages parents to consider the actual financial needs associated with raising a child -- the costs that a court will consider in a child support dispute.

Douby's ex-girlfriend recently turned to the court system, requesting an increase in the amount of monthly child support that the former NBA player pays to his daughter. During his short three-season career in the NBA, Douby played for the Sacramento Kings. He is now playing in China. Although he has moved his basketball career around the globe, Douby still makes between two and three million dollars per year. In light of his salary, Douby's ex-girlfriend claims that his daughter is entitled to about 17 percent of his salary in child support, or about $15,000 per month. Douby believes that his current payment of $1,500 per month sufficiently covers his daughter's expenses. However, he is willing to negotiate to reach an agreement that is in the best interests of his child.

Missouri law outlines that child support should cover a host of a child's expenses. In addition to bare necessities like food and clothing, courts look at all of the costs associated with raising a child. They will also take into account the costs of everyday expenses, extracurricular expenses and medical needs. Of course, courts also consider the parents' financial situation when determining what amount of child support must be paid. Courts will evaluate a parent's income and ability to pay. Parents should be cognizant that courts will take all of these factors into consideration. And ultimately, it will be courts that decide what amount a parent can feasibly pay.

Child support disputes can definitely be frustrating. The former NBA player story reminds Missouri parents that the courts will act objectively to determine a fair amount of monthly child support.

Source: NYDailyNews.com, 'Ex wants $15,000 monthly child support from former NBA guard Quincy Douby,' Oren Yaniv, Sept. 5, 2012

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