It looks like the marriage between rapper Nas and Kelis is over. It was reported that the parties’ marital status was terminated, reverting the parties back to their respective single status. However, Nas and Kelis still need to resolve and litigate the issues of child custody, visitation, child support and spousal support.
In April of 2009, Kelis filed a Petition for dissolution of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. In July of 2009, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ordered Nas to pay Kelis $44,000 per month in combined spousal support and child support. Several months later, the Judge increased the order to $51,101 per month. Nas allegedly claims he cannot afford said support payments. According to testimony that was taken in December of 2009, Nas owes his manager $700,000 and owes the IRS millions of dollars.
From an Orange County divorce lawyer perspective, one parties’ claims of substantial debts does not absolve one from their child support or spousal support obligations. Unless the payor is earning zero income, the payor must pay support. Generally, support is based upon each parties’ respective incomes. For more information, please contact an Orange County divorce attorney.