Rapper Ludacris is currently in the midst of a legal battle in Georgia with the mother of his two month old daughter. Ludacris – I’m Hurtin’ For Cash Because Of Paul Walker’s Death, tmz.com, February 20, 2014. The mother of his child, who currently has custody of the child, is asking for $15,000 a month in child support. Ludacris has claimed that he cannot afford such exorbitant payments because the movie he was counting on for income is on hold due to the death of one of its stars, Paul Walker. He further testified that he only made $55,000 in 2013. After listening to the testimony, the Judge ordered Ludacris to pay $7,000 a month in child support on a temporary basis, while he reviews the financial documents in further detail.
Since that temporary ruling, Ludacris has filed a Petition with the court asking for primary custody of his daughter and asking the mother to pay him child support. Ludacris Gunning for Full Custody – Wants Child Support, tmz.com, February 23, 2014. He says that he is a “fit and capable parent” to this child and that he has always been “an active father” to his 12-year-old daughter.
In determining custody, the Judge will base his decision on the best interests of parties’ two-month-old child. There is no presumption that the mother should be awarded custody so the Judge will consider all the evidence in making a fair custody determination. Once custody is determined, the Judge will award child support accordingly. While Ludacris may be hurting financially right now due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding his upcoming movie, it is unlikely the Judge will use his alleged $55,000 income to determine child support. Rather, the Judge will likely look at his earning pattern over the last few years to make a determination.