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Child Support Appeal Backfires

Posted Jul 17, 2007 11:40 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A millionaire father who tried to get his child support payments reduced will end up paying more due to a ruling yesterday by the California Court of Appeals.

Adam Venit had challenged his monthly support payments of nearly $27,000, but a trial judge instead increased the amount to about $31,600 a month. The California Court of Appeal affirmed.

Venit owned an interest in the Endeavor Talent Agency and made $4 million in 2005, the opinion said. He had doubled the size of his home and drove his twins around in “extravagant vehicles,” causing them to comment on the disparity between their lifestyle with their father and mother, Jami.

“Michael, one of the twins, stated the mother only drives an Escalade while their father drives a Rolls Royce,” the opinion said. “Michael also stated that Adam’s backyard is as big as a football field. Michael explained that it is so much bigger than Jami’s backyard. Sarah wanted her soccer friends to go to her father’s home to see how ‘cool’ it was. Both twins stated that they wanted gates around Jami’s property because they live in a gated community with their father. They said they would feel much safer with a gate.”

The opinion is In re Marriage of Jami and Adam Venit, No. B185306 (PDF).

A hat tip to the Legal Reader, which posted news of the ruling.

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