“Battle over Kerkorian’s child support payments lives on” is a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that captures a lot of the spirit of the U.S. family law system. Here are some excerpts:
Kirk Kerkorian died in June, but the battle over his estate rages on.
The court-appointed guardian of the daughter of Kerkorian’s ex-wife last month petitioned the Los Angeles Superior Court to revoke the admission of the late Nevada casino magnate’s will to probate.
The court’s website shows the revocation petition was filed Nov. 23, the same day Lisa Bonder, Kerkorian’s ex-wife, filed a $1.3 million creditor’s claim against Kerkorian’s estate. Mynewsla, a website, says Bonder seeks unpaid child support.
Kira Kerkorian is the child of Bonder, a onetime tennis pro to whom Kerkorian was married for 28 days in 1999. Kerkorian thought he’d fathered the girl until Bonder revealed Hollywood producer Steve Bing was the father. A security guard working for Kerkorian nabbed dental floss from Bing’s trash to get a DNA sample.
Kira Kerkorian is 17; she’ll turn 18 March 9. …
Bonder’s child support fight with Kerkorian has lasted 13 years already. In 2002, she demanded $320,000 in monthly child support for then-4-year-old Kira; a judge granted $50,316 per month. The Associated Press reported that Kerkorian in December 2010 agreed to pay more than $10 million in back child support plus $100,000 a month for Kira, of whom he’d grown fond.
The AP said in the 2010 settlement, Kerkorian agreed to provide $100,000 a month until Kira turns 19, or graduates from high school, is no longer a full-time student or no longer lives with her mother full time. After that, the settlement says, the child support would drop to $50,000 a month.
Mynewsla says Bonder’s claim states the $50,000 monthly payments were to run from July 2016 through June 2017 and were made from July through November. Therefore, according to the claim, Kerkorian’s estate should receive a $500,000 credit, leaving a $1.3 million balance.
Note that the extent to which Lisa Bonder is also getting child support revenue from Steve Bing is unclear due to the fact that it wasn’t litigated. Under California’s child support formula, Kira should have yielded a strong cashflow for her mother, though there was a competing claim against Bing from Elizabeth Hurley (Telegraph). [Despite these brushes with the family law system, Bing still has enough left for a personal Boeing 737, though, according to Wikipedia.]