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Linda Evangelista's Child Support Needs: $46,000/Month for Son

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on August 08, 2011 7:02 AM

A lot of people are raising eyebrows at Linda Evangelista's child support request from her 4-year-old son's father, French billionaire Francois Henri-Pinault.

The model asked a Manhattan Family Court judge last week to grant her a monthly award of $46,000 dollars, which her lawyers said will pay for an around-the-clock nanny, two gun-toting drivers, extracurricular activities, and the child's schooling.

Of course, there are also the essentials, like pricy clothing, and vacations.

Though the judge seemed to be sympathetic to Evangelista's request, it's got a lot of people asking how child support is actually calculated.

Because each state uses a different formula to calculate child support payments, there is no one way to do so.

However, most states calculate a specific percentage based on the number of children, the custody arrangement, the cost of living, and a child's needs, and then apply it in the following manner.

First, the court will determine each parent's gross and net incomes, which will then be used to calculate an adjusted annual income.

Then, the court will apply the correct percentage to the parents' adjusted annual income, which will be the minimum yearly support amount.

After this, the court will make adjustments based on outside factors, like extra costs for health care, private school, day care, large family sizes, low expenses, and alimony payments.

This is often where high numbered requests come from, as well as a lot of fights.

This appears to be the case with Linda Evangelista's child support request. Because it was made in New York, the judge will have to consider the child's high standard of living.

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