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Family court judge says child support request is moot

A judge in another state is currently overseeing a contentious case between an actress/socialite and her former husband, an elevator construction company executive. The former couple has a child together, and up until now, the child has been in the mother's custody. Recent developments in the case prompted the judge to remove the child from Julianne Reeves's custody and also to refuse to consider her recent request for increased child support. There may be California readers in similar situations who will want to follow this case.

An attorney speaking on behalf of Reeves's ex told the court that Reeves has not been honest regarding her supposed dire financial situation. The attorney stated that the child's mother has repeatedly said she can't make ends meet or provide for child's needs under the current terms of the agreement in her case regarding child support and alimony. However, there is reportedly evidence that she has spent exorbitant amounts of money on elective plastic surgery.

The father's attorney also told the court there is evidence that Reeves has been stashing large amounts of money into three secret bank accounts. Reeves filed a petition requesting that the court increase the current amount of child support, which is close to $2,000 per month, to approximately $4,000 to $5,000 per month. She also asked for approximately $7,000 per month in spousal support, noting that her ex earns a quarter million dollars per year, while her income as an actress is much less reliable.

Reeves supposedly has tried to have her ex arrested several times, citing abusive behavior, drug use and financial crimes, among other things. The judge stated that since the child is no longer in the mother's custody -- an update in the case that occurred after Reeves apparently made false accusations against the child's father -- a request for more child support is a moot point. Therefore, the ruling on that specific issue has been postponed. While not every child support case is as complex as this one, any California parent with similar concerns on either side of the issue may request consultation with an experienced family law attorney for guidance.

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