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Britney Spears settles child custody dispute with ex-husband

Most divorced couples in Tennessee are well-aware of the fact that ending a marriage doesn't mean an end to parenting responsibilities. In situations when one spouse earns significantly more than the other former partner, child support is often sought. Other times, an increase in support is sought if it's believed that the amount granted isn't sufficient. This, in a nutshell, is what has been at the heart of the ongoing child support battle between Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Following their divorce, the couple had reached an agreement in which Spears agreed to pay $20,000 a month so her ex could help support their two sons. However, he contended that the life he was able to provide for his children was far from equal to what his higher-earning former spouse was able to provide. Initially, Spears' father offered the singer's ex-husband an additional $10,000 a month. The offer was declined and additional legal action was pursued.

During the back-and-forth legal wranglings, Federline stated an inability to find new work as a dancer because of his age. He also reported having difficulty managing his other financial obligations. Spears, on the other hand, is worth more than $50 million and earning a steady income from a residency in Las Vegas.

Federline further contended that support payments should be based on the "Toxic" singer's substantial income. The agreement that ended the dispute will result in the boys' father receiving thousands more each month. Spears was also ordered to cover Federline's $100,000 in legal expenses.

A case like this emphasizes the fact that child support is primarily based on income levels of both parents and the ability to maintain an acceptable lifestyle for the children. If it's believed the initial terms of a support agreement aren't fair due to major discrepancies with earnings, a family law attorney may either attempt to renegotiate terms or seek intervention from the court if mutually acceptable adjustments can't be made.

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