$46,000 A Month For Child Support – How Much Is Too Much?

by Shawanda Greene

Remember that famous supermodel from the ’90s who famously stated, “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day?”

Yeah, her. Linda Evangelista. She was never a favorite of mine.

Either way, François-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek’s billionaire husband, went and got Linda pregnant. Now, she’s suing him for $46,000 a month in child support.


Although it sounds like François-Henri has been a bit of a deadbeat dad to Linda’s 4-year old son, $46K a month to raise a child is reSICKulous!

Oh, and did I mention it’s $46K a month until the child turns 21.

The kid is an adult at 18!

Lemme calm down and try to see it from Linda’s point of view.

According to People Magazine, the former supermodel’s child support request will be used to pay for the following necessities:

  • 24-hour nanny – $80,000 a year
  • Armed drivers – $175,000 a year
  • Monthly vacations – $90,000 a year

I’m sure poor Linda could use a little domestic help as a single mother who works long days…occasionally.

To be fair, the child support request isn’t totally inconsistent with New York state laws.

Where the total income of both parents exceeds $130,000 the law permits, but does not require, the use of the Child Support Percentages in calculating the child support obligation on the income above $130,000.

Question: So what’s the percentage for one child?

Answer: 17%

It’s reported that Pinault made about $5.4 million in 2010. I’m not totally sure if my calculation is correct, but if Linda was awarded child support based on the allowable percentage of 17% for one child, it’d work out to about about $76,000 a month.

Maybe she’s being generous.

Maybe my numbers are off because my calculation ignores her income.

Or maybe the state hasn’t completely lost it’s mind and requires you to explain why you need to spend so much daggum money to raise one, single child.

Don’t get me wrong.

Parents should support their children both emotionally and financially (at the minimum financially). However, shouldn’t parents be able to decide what’s reasonably necessary to raise a healthy, well adjusted adult?

I dunno.

What do you think about the matter?  

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Squirrelers August 8, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I think that's extraction. Even if there's some alignment with New York statutes, fairness and decency can be considered here. It does not cost $46,000 per month to raise a child. She doesn't need anywhere near that much from the guy, and it doesn't seem ethical to ask for that kind of money. In my view, anyway. It's one of the few times you'll find me sympathize with a billionaire. :)


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