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Will child support be an issue in Geena Davis divorce?

California fans of Hollywood actress, Geena Davis may have recently read that her current husband of 17 years has filed for divorce. Davis is definitely not the only movie star who is headed for divorce court for her fourth time. In fact, such situations are not isolated to public entertainers as many private residents can attest. In repeat divorces, issues such as child support, alimony and custody are often matters of concern.  If parents can't agree regarding settlement terms, they sometimes need the court's intervention.

In Davis's case, she and her husband have three children. When he filed for divorce, the kids' father made several requests of the court. One was that Davis be ordered to pay him spousal support. Another asked the court to deny any request for such support from Davis's side.  

Davis's spouse also has requested shared legal and physical custody of their children. When deciding such issues, the court typically looks to the past to determine what children's routine lifestyle was like during their parents' marriage and how much time they usually spent with each parent. In cases like this one where the children are older, ages 13 (twins) and 16, a judge may ask their opinions regarding which parent they would prefer to live with and related issues.  

Whether a parent is ordered to pay child support is determined on a case-by-case basis, though both parents have a duty to contribute financially to their children's care and upbringing. California guidelines regarding such matters may vary from other states. A concerned parent may seek legal support to protect his or her rights and the children's best interests.  

Source: People, "Geena Davis' Husband Reza Jarrahy Files for Divorce", Karen Mizoguchi, May 8, 2018

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