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Football great Michael Strahan has been granted a Giant relief. A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that he didn't have to pay $18,000 a month in child support of his 3-year-old twin daughters as part of his divorce settlement with his ex-wife, Jean.

But Jean isn't going to be shopping at the Dollar Store any time soon. In their bitter divorce, where nasty accusations flew like fumbling footballs, she caught a $15.3 million settlement, slightly more than what was specified in their prenuptial agreement. Strahan paid around half of that, and they recently settled a dispute over the remaining $6.5 million.

The court sent the child support case back to a lower court in Essex County and ordered it to recalculate the amount. Judge Lorraine Parker, one of the three judges involved in the decision, wrote, “Both parents have a shared obligation to support their children.”

In the decision, Judge Parker said that “as a healthy, educated, 41-year-old, [Jean Strahan] is capable of earning her own income.”

Perhaps Jean Strahan overstepped when she made certain claims for her daughters’ expenses, including $30,000 a year for landscaping, designer handbags, and $22,000 for baby pictures.

The three-judge panel also ruled that Strahan doesn’t need to pay for his wife’s lawyers, nor does he need to get a multi-million dollar disability policy.

Strahan announced yesterday that he has not accepted a request from the Giants to return to the team. Vacationing in Greece, he said he preferred to stay retired. It would have been his 16th season of professional football.

His salary would have been $8 million a year.

Instead he will receive a $2 million salary working for Fox Sports pregame Sunday show covering the National Football League.

In New Jersey, child support is calculated based on net combined income of the parents. Net income is, generally speaking, gross income for both, minus income taxes, mandatory union dues, mandatory retirement, other support orders, etc. One New Jersey statute notes that “as income increases, total family consumption spending (e.g. for goods and services) declines as a proportion of net income…”

The statute also notes that “if the combined net income of the parents is more than $187,200 per year, the court shall apply the guidelines up to $187,200,” award at least the minimum amount at that income level, and then supplement that according to other factors.

But the statute warns that “the court shall not extrapolate the Appendix IX-F schedules … beyond the dollar limit.”

The amount in Appendix IX-F shows that for a weekly net combined income of $3,600, the child support for two children would be around 17 percent, or $606 a week.

That comes to $2,424 a month, not the $18,000 a month he was initially ordered to pay.

It is increasingly common for judges to put caps on child support if a parent earns millions of dollars. Courts look more and more at what is "reasonable," especially considering that sports figures earn their millions for only a short period of time.

Jean Strahan will now move on something much tougher than the divorce proceedings: Raising those two young daughters in a rational and respectful relationship with her ex-husband and their father… with or without the children’s designer handbags.



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  • Comment Link crystal Wednesday, 09 July 2014 15:55 posted by crystal

    I think Michael is adorable, gapped teeth and all, and I don't believe for 1 minute that he ever abused his gold digging ex. She didn't want all that child support for her girls, she wanted it for herself. I'm so glad that the judge told her she was capable of working but I guess she thinks she's to good for that. HaHa Jean, I'm so glad the judges saw thru you and ordered you to give Michael 1/2 of the proceeds from the sale of the house and cut his child support down. Go to work LAZY!

  • Comment Link Guest Friday, 14 September 2012 00:05 posted by Guest

    His gap is super cute so...stfu

  • Comment Link Guest Saturday, 08 September 2012 11:45 posted by Guest

    If you knew anything about Michael Strahan, his teeth are his "signature" look. He doesn't want to fix them, that's who he is.

  • Comment Link Guest Thursday, 06 September 2012 02:07 posted by Guest

    "Both parents have a shared obligation to support their children"...thankyou Judge... $2500.00 does help in supporting the kids. That means if she decides to put in $2500.00 from the $15million dollars that she was GIVEN the kids will have more than enough. $5000.00 a month For 2 three year olds is sufficient enough. $5000.00 for a family of four a month is sufficient enough. The $15 million dollars GIVEN to her is too much. Why should someone be given money they did not earn. The life style you lived was GIVEN to you. How did you earn it. When someone gets fired or quits, does your job decide to pay you for the rest of your life because u quit or u weren't good enough for the job??? Marriage is the same thing.

  • Comment Link Guest Sunday, 02 September 2012 12:53 posted by Guest

    Happy to see that there are laws that stop angry ex's from taking advantage of the ex with the most money, mainly pro ball players, actors ect. Too often I have seen how these women ask for the most ridiculous amounts of money for the most ridiculous things...lawn care? designer purses? Good for the courts that they are fair. And I'm sure most parents if his girls need something above what the mom can't provide he will.

  • Comment Link Guest Saturday, 01 September 2012 07:42 posted by Guest

    Grow up!!!!! What does he teeth have to do with this?

  • Comment Link Guest Thursday, 30 August 2012 21:15 posted by Guest

    Gimme a break. Im a mother and she's trying to extort him for her own selfish needs. Who really needs more than 2 thousand a month to take care of a child? She already got 15 million for goodness sake? Does SHE not have any responsibility to provide a lifestyle for her own children? It's called CHILD support for a reason...if she really wanted that money for her twins, then she would have suggested that the money be placed in a trust for their future use. At east she was honest though,except for one thing. Those designer bags were probably for herself.

  • Comment Link Guest Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:47 posted by Guest

    Michael Strahan unbelivably low child support the guy makes big money youd think hed want his two daughters to have a few perks while theyre growing up. the 2500/month probably wouldnt pay babysitting for the 2 girls if his x decides to work for a living like everyone else does

  • Comment Link Guest Tuesday, 21 August 2012 23:19 posted by Guest

    with all the money he makes you would think he would do something with his teeth!