Britney Spears has been ordered to pay her ex-husband Kevin Federline $110,000 for his legal fees in their ongoing child support battle.
Spears and Federline share two sons: Jayden James Federline and Sean Federline. The couple have been battling it out in the courts for months.
Federline requested an increase in the $20,000 a month that he receives as child support in March, “given that the kids are older and the financial circumstances of the parties are significantly different than when the child support was originally resolved.”
The couple initially tried to resolve their dispute out of court, but Federline eventually sought legal counsel in May. Kevin asked at the time that Spears cover his legal fees, projected to be around $250,000 and $100,000 and also requested an increase in child support.
His attorney told E! News previously, “We tried to see if we could voluntarily come to an agreement on what the increased number of child support would be and in the process for doing that, [Britney’s team] came back with several conditions that were not acceptable.”
“As a result, Kevin had to file a formal request that the court determine what the appropriate amount for child support is. If the court decides that this should be a reasonable needs order, then we’re going to use expert testimony to establish what the reasonable needs are of the minor children.”
Kaplan has now said, “This was an initial contributive payment. If Britney and the conservators continue to fight tooth and nail about turning over any financial information, this will not be the last fee order they’re ordered to pay me on Kevin’s behalf.”
“It’s puzzling why they’re putting so much energy into fighting the disclosure of her finances but I’m not deterred. We will get there eventually, it’s just a question of how much they want to cost themselves creating speed bumps on the road to the ultimate destination.”
Of the $110,000, $100,000 will go towards Federline’s legal cost and fees and the remainder will be given to Benchmark Resolution Group.