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Rapper and former Fugees member faces child support increase

Washington residents may remember a time during the 1990s when the hip-hop band the "Fugees" enjoyed great success. The trio won several music awards, including a Grammy, but eventually parted ways. Members Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill went on to impressive solo careers and founding member Pras Michel has also had his share of success outside the group. But if his former girlfriend is to be believed, Michel's success as an artist does not translate to success as a father.

According to Angela Severiano, Michel's former lover and mother of the couple's four-year-old son, while the artist lives a life of luxury, his son lives in a makeshift bedroom in a small New York apartment. The artist, whose solo debut album included the hit song, "Ghetto Supahstar," had an income of more than $1 million in 2013. He allegedly spends $500,000 on rent for lodgings in Los Angeles and New York.

Severiano has filed a motion regarding her child support order in a Manhattan court, seeking to increase the monthly child support payments from $3,000 to $7,000. The increase in payments reportedly would allow her to move the couple's child into bigger quarters. The issue is not about the artist, she says, but about the well-being of their son. Michel is due in court on September; he is expected to offer arguments as to why his child support payments should not be increased.

Child support can be reduced or increased, depending on the situation and the parent who is petitioning the court. The issue is usually a sensitive topic for both parents. Criminal charges even can be filed if a child support issue is not settled and the supporting parent does not meet the terms of a court order. Regardless of the merits of either party's arguments, the best interests of the child should always be put first.

Source: The Arizona Republic, "Fugees' Pras Michel accused of being an absentee dad," July 25, 2014

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