California residents may be familiar with actress Jodie Sweetin. Sweetin is best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on the television sitcom ‘Full House” and then reprising her role on the Netflix series ‘Fuller House.” In her personal life, Sweetin has gone through three divorces, and she is currently being asked to pay child support to her third husband.
The 34-year-old actress married her third husband, Morty Coyle, in 2012 and then separated from him one year later. Sweetin has a 6-year-old daughter with Coyle, and the terms of the original divorce agreement did not require her to pay any child support. However, Coyle recently told the court that Sweetin is making a lot more income than the $4,000 per month that she was making at the time of their divorce. Coyle wants Sweetin to pay child support and reimburse him for his legal fees and what he spent on a forensic accountant.
Sweetin settled her divorce from Coyle with a lump sum payment of $10,000. Coyle and Sweetin also divided all of the income that was earned during their marriage. Since the divorce, Coyle says that Sweetin now makes $600,000 annually from residuals, her new series, her reality show and her jewelry line. Coyle’s income is reported to be $2,000 per month.
A family court judge may agree to issue a child support order or modify an existing one if there is a significant change in one parent’s income. A qualifying change in income could be an increase or a decrease in one or both parents’ earnings. If one parent gets remarried, the new marriage could also trigger a modification to the child support order.