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Court Magistrate: Model Seeks Unprecedented Amount of Child Support

Celebrity child support often has interesting twists and permutations. As we have noted in past blog posts, family law concepts that come to the fore in celebrity-related stories -- e.g., prenuptial agreements, child custody, paternity, spousal maintenance -- sometimes have instructive value in a manner that transcends their immediate tabloid interest. At other times, they are simply notable for being, well, notable.

We wrote recently about NFL star Terrell Owens, for example, and his apparent unwillingness to pay child support of $5,000 a month, despite making well more than $30,000 every working day of the year. His former partner sued him in Fulton County Court, and he eventually paid up.

And now there is Linda Evangelista, a 46-year-old model who continues to command wide attention and a global modeling stage. Evangelista just filed a child support order in Manhattan Family Court that a court magistrate said is "probably the largest support order in the history of the family court."

That might certainly be the case, given that Evangelista is seeking $46,000 a month support for her 4-year-old son fathered by French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, whose family is worth an estimated $12.5 billion. Pinault is currently married to actress Salma Hayek.

Evangelista says that Pinault has "just been sitting, back, paying zero," while spending about $50,000 a month on his and Hayek's young daughter. Evangelista wants about the same amount for the couple's son.

The judge's preliminary comments seemed somewhat sympathetic toward Evangelista, who has a net worth herself of approximately $8 million. The judge noted the model's long work days and stated that the round-the-clock nanny care and armed protection that Evangelista seeks for her son are "the extraordinary expenses that may be a part of the child's life."

Related Resource: People, "Linda Evangelista Wants $46,000 in Monthly Child Support: Report" Aug. 2, 2011

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