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After having a baby, two people who choose not to live together often still share in the responsibility of rearing the child they formed. However, the person who has primary custody of the child may worry that the other party will not pay enough child support, or the other party might worry about having to pay a substantial amount of support in California. This is the situation that a high-profile person and his child's mother in one out-of-state case are facing.

In this scenario, the rapper known as Ludacris, whose true name is Christopher Bridges, faces a suit filed by the mother of his baby girl. His daughter was born in December. Ludacris tried to place a cap of $1,700 a month on the obligation to pay child support.

However, the mother of the child -- whose name is Tamika Fuller -- claimed that he should pay more in child support. She said that he typically spent about $7,000 on the care of his yard and $5,000 on the care of his pets. Fuller also sought for Ludacris to pay for her legal fees.

If an unmarried couple can reach an agreement about important matters such as child custody, child support and visitation, they can avoid having to go to the court to have these issues decided for them. Otherwise, a judge will have to make the ultimate decisions in these areas. Once it is established that both individuals are the child's biological parents, the court will order the noncustodial parent to contribute financial support to the costs of rearing the child. It is within the rights of both parents to seek their own best interests while also focusing on the well-being of the child in California.

Source: theindychannel.com, Ludacris in child support battle over baby daughter, No author, Jan. 5, 2014

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