An Atlanta judge has ordered T.I. to increase the child support payments received by the mother of his two sons, LaShon Dixon. Tip had originally been paying about $3,000 per month to support his two sons, ages 7 and 9 but Dixon sought to increase those payments when she felt that her sons needed “to be equal” in both households (her words…peep the video), asking the court to raise the payments to $10,000 per month. Yesterday the judge ordered T.I. to increase his payments to $5,000 per month:
T.I., who was originally ordered to pay for the boys to attend private school, is no longer required to make that payment. The judge, Bensonetta Tipton Lane, also ordered the performer to pay half of the children’s extracurricular activities and all their medical expenses.
The judge ordered joint custody of the boys to continue, with Dixon granted primary physical custody. He’ll have visitation every other weekend.
Dixon’s attorney, Randy Kessler, says the woman is “very grateful” for the judge’s decision and called it “a complete victory.” (Source)
T.I. faced his children’s mother, LaShon Dixon, in court today to dispute charges that he doesn’t adequately support his children. Tip appeared perturbed on the witness stand when asked about the size of his home as Dixon’s attorneys attempted to show the court that his income could accomodate an increase. The news reported that Dixon makes about $20,000 per year and is seeking an increase so that the kids can have the same benefits at her home as they do at T.I.’s. I’m usually on the woman’s side, but this time I’ll have to side with Tip. He argued on the stand that he works hard to support his kids and they want for NOTHING, so why should he give her extra:
“When they are with me…they have the standard of living that I have created for MY household due to all of my hard work, all of my sacrifices, all of the things that I have been able to provide. Now…if that’s not available at LaShon’s house that’s because LaShon has failed to provide…”
Clifford “T.I.” Harris is scheduled to appear in court today, Tuesday, January 6th to settle a dispute about unpaid legal fees for his baby’s mother. If you recall, he and his ex LaShon Dixon were going back in forth last September about her claims that she needed more money for their two sons, The matter was setteled in court and a judge ordered the star to pay more than $3,000 a month plus private school tuition, uninsured medical bills and various expenses racked up by the children’s extracurricular activities.
LaShon’s attorneys claim that Tip hasn’t paid the $8,000 owed in legal fees relating to their ongoing custody battle. (Source)
It’s going to be a long year for Mr. Harris…. Stay Strong!
T.I. hit up the internet to clear the air about claims that he does not support his children. In a recent statement (prepared by his attorney), Tip says he goes above and beyond for ALL of his children (and Tiny’s too)! Check out his full statement:
“A lot of deceiving information has been reported regarding my recent child support proceeding. It is unfortunate that the media has been used to manipulate the circumstances and distort the facts. Those that know me, all know that there is nothing more important to me than my children. I have always supported all of my children financially, emotionally, and spiritually. This has always been the case and I will continue to do so in the future as this is my responsibility as a parent. Continue Reading…