Former California governor admits he fathered a child out of wedlock. Schwarzenegger and Shriver recently announced their separation after 25 years of marriage, but failed to give a reason for the split. It has been reported that Shriver moved out of the family’s Brentwood home earlier this year when Schwarzenegger confessed his paternity. This week Schwarzenegger’s revelation that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff over a decade ago shocked most of the country. Schwarzenegger presided as governor of California from November 17, 2003 – January 3, 2011. A child being born prior to his candidacy has most of the country asking how this was covered up. Full Article.
Most likely Schwarzenegger had an arrangement with the mother of his illegitimate child and the former governor paid a large sum of money in child support to keep this quiet. However, most parents petition the court to determine child support amount. The court will use a standard guideline to figure out what the noncustodial parent will pay. The child support amount is based on the noncustodial parent’s adjusted gross income and on how many children are involved. The court multiplies the adjusted gross income by the standard guideline percentage for the number of children. These percentages are 17% for one child, 25% for two children, 29% for three children, 31% for four children, and at least 35% for five or more children. The court will add to the percentage amount a share of child care, medical, and educational expenses. The share of expenses plus the percentage amount equals the basic child support amount. The standard guideline percentage is applied to almost all parental income up to $130,000 (minus certain local and Social Security tax amounts). For annual income over $130,000, the court determines whether or not to use the percentage guidelines, and the court may consider other factors in setting the full support award.
The law firm of Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C., has represented many individuals in child support cases in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. For any questions concerning domestic relations matters, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-800-545-4658. Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C.’s divorce website is located at www.lbdivorcelaw.com.