“If it isn't one thing, it's another.” That's probably what actor and director, Jon Cryer, is thinking based on his most recent stumbling block – his ex-wife. According to TMZ, Cryer's ex-wife, British actress Sarah Trigger, has went before a judge, requesting that she be granted the right to acquire an additional $80,000 per month in child support for the couple's 13-year-old son, Charlie Cryer. As a matter of fact, she wants a staggering total of $88,969 per month. But, it's not as outlandish as it sounds.
While this may seem astronomical to most people, you have to look at all of the claims involved. Trigger now has custody of their son, and he is in her care more than' 50 percent of the time', TMZ reports. She currently receives $8,000 in monthly child support. However, she feels that the current amount is gravely unacceptable in comparison to the $2 million a month she claims that Cryer makes starring on the hit sitcom, “Two and a Half Men.” But her claim isn't a misconception.
If the Forbes' list of 'TV's Highest Paid Actors of 2013 proves accurate, Trigger may be right on the money, literally and figuratively. The notable American business publication reported that Cryer and his “Two and a Half Men” co-star, Ashton Kutcher topped the list in earnings this year. According to Forbes, Cryer garnered an estimated $21 million from June 2012 to June 2013, which equates to approximately $1.75 a month; close enough.
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The current $8,000 monthly sum was established back in 2010 when Trigger only had custody of the child for just 'four percent of the time.' So, when you do the math, her claim and request may be legitimate, based on Cryer's income.
But, here's where things get tricky. Trigger also claims that their son has become a victim of scrutiny in school as a result of the 'meager' child support she receives. In other words, she claims he's being bullied because their lifestyle isn't up-to-par with that of his peers, since they only receive $8,000 a month. Now, for those who do not know, Cryer's son attends the prestigious Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, CA, which costs $33,775 annually. In a nutshell, most of their son's peers come from wealthy families. So, $8,000 a month may seem like a far cry from financial distress, but it could actually be considered embarrassing.
She stated that her son's friends have opportunities she can't afford, such as 'exotic summer vacations' and winter trips overseas to places like 'Europe and Thailand.' She also stated that some of their son's friends have hosted, “huge birthday parties at expensive places like Sky High Sports and they invite the entire grade."
Trigger admitted that these type of luxurious are definitely out of her current budget. "Last year there were multiple Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs all with custom invitations, a dress code and huge private receptions afterward," she explained. Trigger specified that the increase in child support would be solely for purpose of bettering the child's quality of life.
Cryer has not responded to Trigger's claims or demands.
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