Linda Evangelista: You Were Nuts To Ask For $46,000 – You Settled Child Support Case In Nick Of Time

Tue, May 8, 2012 11:55am EDT by 13 Comments
Linda Evangelista Child Support Settlement

At first I was sympathetic to the supermodel mom in her demands for $46k a month from her billionaire ex-boyfriend. Then a top NYC divorce lawyer explained that she was playing with fire and her little 5-year-old son could have been the victim!

Linda Evangelista, you and even worse, your adorable son Augustin (Augie) by billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, could have been burned in the nasty child support war that went into Manhattan court, starting May 3.

That’s because your  demand for $46,000 a month was so over – the- top  nutso, celebrity divorce attorney Raoul Felder, told Hollywoodlife.com exclusively. “Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to ask for a lot of money in a child custody battle, but it can hurt a case like this because it’s so absurb. It accentuates that she’s trying to get mom support.”

The problem with “silliness” as Felder described your demand for $15-$16k just in car service and bodyguards for your son with Pinault, and for $90,000 in vacation cash, was that it could annoy the judge presiding over the case and it could have infuriated the father of the child, in other words – Pinault – who holds the purse strings.

“Pinault, Evangelista’s billionaire ex-boyfriend, who is now married to superstar Salma Hayek, had repeatedly tried to work out a child support agreement with you, since little Augie was born, but you had demanded more than he was willing to spend.

“Once a father is forced to go to court, he’s usually ready to dig in his heels. He’s angry,” Felder warned. Often that means that a settlement that had been previously offered is taken off the table.”

That means that not only could you, Linda Evangelista, have been awarded far, far less by the magistrate presiding over your case BUT you could have blown a good deal that Pinault probably offered for years and had now withdrawn. You would have been stuck with whatever the judge deemed was reasonable for your sons needs.

“The judge is a human and he or she is presiding over cases every day where mothers who are getting $50 a week are begging for $10 more,” explained Felder. “The problem for Linda is that a carton of milk costs the same for a supermodel’s child and for the child of a mom who is really needy.”

The magistrate is going to look at the child (Augie’s) needs for food, accomadation, school, etc. and that’s it. He’ll look at the numbers for the child. Support is based on what the child needs. It doesn’t matter how rich the father is. The law doesn’t care.”

Whoa! So the fact that you Linda had a baby with a billionaire doesn’t entitle little Augie to live like a billionaire’s child! Or you!

Child support also isn’t based on whether Pinault dumped you when you were pregnant, says Felder.

“There’s no such thing as reparations in child support and tarring” your ex by saying he wanted to terminate the pregnancy ( as happened here), also has no impact on the judges’ decision on the amount that would be awarded for support, points out Felder.

The most that has EVER been awarded for child support in New York state is $19 thousand a month to Misa Hylton-Byrn, the ex-girlfriend of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, the mother of his son Justin, now 18.

So Linda – $46k was a HUGE reach, even by celeb standards. Even your request for round-the-clock bodyguards and drivers was ridiculous. As Raoul Felder pointed out – very fortunately we don’t have a child kidnapping problem here in the US. Thank God!

Listen, I’m just relieved that Francois-Henri Pinault DIDN’T let his fury with you dragging him into court with unreasonable demands, influence how he felt about taking care of little Augie. Clearly, he made you an offer you can live with. We learned from a courtroom eyewitness that you and Francois were talking inside the courtroom and looking satisfied. So Augie will be well provided for.

That’s what a Pinault insider had already told us at Hollywoodlife.com exclusively. “Francois is only concerned with the well-being of his son and wants him to go to the best schools, have the best healthcare – he will never want for anything,” a Pinault insider said.

Well, Linda, I’m glad you didn’t blow that deal and let’s hope you realized how close you came to pissing off your non-deadbeat baby daddy in a big way, and that would only have hurt Augie.

Bonnie Fuller

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More Linda Evangelista news:

  1. Linda Evangelista & Billionaire Baby Daddy Reach Child Support Agreement!
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  3. Linda Evangelista’s Baby Daddy Spent Thousands On Self, But Forgot Son’s Birthday Gift

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JB

Posted at 11:30 PM on May 8, 2012  

Fact is if the needs of the child were the only thing taken into account (and not the father’s salary/ worth) then no one would have ever been awarded $19,000/month…even in new york. where I live child support is figured out by a formula based on both mother’s and father’s income and then adjusted for special circumstances. That being said her demands were still ridiculous. I have 5 kids and my ex makes decent money and I don’t even get $46,000 a year in child support.

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Michelle

Posted at 4:25 PM on May 8, 2012  

Linda is looking haggard and washed up.
This is the same super model that said she would never get out of bed for less than 10k per day….

She is obviously delusional.

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pooch

Posted at 1:14 PM on May 8, 2012  

To Bonnie Full of it,

Clearly you have a hate out for Linda, but I wonder if you were a middle aged, barely working mom, raising a 5 year old without a father, making sure that he is getting the best education, making sure he had a nice home, good clothes, go to camps, have birthday parties like all the society NYC kids do, would ask his Billionaire daddy a for some help after not receiving a dime from him for five years?…I’d venture to say you might. Very easy to cast stones on someone else without getting all of the facts straight. I’d bet his 3 other children are very well looked after and financially sound.

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Caro

Posted at 2:19 PM on May 8, 2012  

Evangelista´s son need the best that his BOTH parents could give but why only his father?? I thnik than Evangelista need to thinks in the best for her son and not only in the money and stop to said bad things of the father

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gbtw

Posted at 2:30 PM on May 8, 2012  

that’s why she settled quickly, i’m sure. the guy no doubt wouldn’t take this seriously until she went to court, and he finally gave her a serious offer once he saw what a jerk he was looking like in public. she got out as quickly as possible once he took it seriously. i don’t think for one second this woman is using the child as a pawn. she just wants him to be taken care of as well as possible, and as well as he deserves.

 
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cherokeevirg

Posted at 1:38 PM on May 9, 2012  

And this one will be taken care of too. But she does not need $ 46,000.00 a month. Get Real Pooch.

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Theresa

Posted at 12:04 PM on May 8, 2012  

when your a billionaire 46k a month IS reasonable because it only equates to half a mill per year which is not a lot to a billionaire.

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Karry

Posted at 12:31 PM on May 8, 2012  

Think about that again. 46K is what some people live off of for a year. I myself make way below that and raise my son just fine. What she is doing is not in the interest of her son, its for HER lifestyle. That is just pathetic and wrond to take advantage just because her sons father has money. Im sure the sons father does the extra too, clothing, toys etc. He made his money, she should to. Just pathetic.

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Cherith

Posted at 11:41 AM on May 8, 2012  

I don’t know about NY, but in NC child support is based on the child’s needs. It is also weighed against the mother’s income and the father’s income. All three factors determine the amount of support. If he has all the money and she has none, she would get more $. however, this was not the case…she would never have gotten $46,000! Absurb!

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