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Actor Brendan Fraser asks for child support modification

We want all of our North Carolina readers to understand that if you are ordered to pay child support, you must fulfill that obligation. Child support payments are meant to support the basic needs of children, such as food, shelter, education and medical expenses, and it is not right to avoid your responsibility.

That being said, being ordered to pay child support does not mean you have no say and must meekly accept what you are told. Generally speaking, modifications are often possible, particularly when there are changed financial or economic circumstances.

For example, we recently heard about the actor Brendan Fraser petitioning a Connecticut court to lower his child support and alimony payments.

Fraser has to pay $900,000 a year in alimony and child support. In his petition, he said he could afford that back when he was starring in blockbusters like 1999's "The Mummy." Lately, however, his movie roles have been fewer and further between and his paychecks aren't as big. Hence, he said, $900,000 a year has become unduly burdensome.

(We ought to point out that Fraser's ex-wife has said she thinks he is not being honest about his assets, income and upcoming film projects.)

Fraser's petition has not been dealt with yet, so we do not know how the court will respond, but we thought this story did a good job of showing that even wealthy people must sometimes seeks modifications. It is just a fact of life that circumstances and situations change.

If making child support payments has become difficult, please do not make the mistake of just ceasing payments. That isn't the right thing to do, and it will only get you in trouble. Instead, it is better to see if modification is a possibility.

Source: The New York Post, "Ex digging for 'Mummy' $$," Laurel Babcock and Dan Magnan, Feb. 11, 2013

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