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Former "Fugees" member in child support dispute

In the 1990s, Washington residents and the rest of the world witnessed the rise of the hip-hop group "The Fugees." However, after releasing two albums which were both commercial and critically successful, the group disbanded. While former members Wycleff Jean and Lauren Hill have remained active musically and in acting, another member, Praskazrel Samuel Michel, more popularly known as "Pras," was recently in the spotlight for an unrelated issue-a child support dispute.

Angela Severiano, with whom the rapper has a 4-year-old son, is asking for an increase in monthly payments because of extra expenses like daycare, birthday parties and vacations. She has asked a family court judge to increase the payments to $7,000 from $3,000. She added that the rapper has refused to give her additional money despite earning over $1.5 million annually. Michel's legal counsel, however, denied that the rapper made that much. He stated that the figure quoted was from a rental document back in 2012 and Michel's current earnings only amount to six figures.

In a magazine statement, the rapper indicated his child was his primary responsibility. He added that the legal dispute with the child's mother, who is also the child's primary caretaker, has prevented him from forming a relationship with his son. He asserts that while he was intimate with the woman twice, they did not actually have a relationship.

Child support is undoubtedly significant for the best interests of the child. Parents in Washington, however, should study the implications of a child support modification before any agreement is made. Child support is a sensitive matter. A payment too steep may not be realistic for a paying parent, while lowered payments may not be sufficient for the needs of the child.

Source: Pittsburgh Courier, "Pras locked in bitter child support Battle," Jillian Bowe, Dec. 27, 2014

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