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Judge: Child support for Journey's Schon remains unchanged

Family law courts look at celebrity divorces the way they view other couples' breakups. The financial arrangements for asset division or child support among famous ex-spouses may include staggering sums, but basic family laws remain the same as they are for anyone, wealthy or not, in New York.

Musician Neil Schon is the last visible member of the 40-year-old band Journey. The rock guitarist still tours although the songwriter's most recent news is more personal than professional. Schon, engaged last October to high-drama socialite Michaeli Salahi, recently was taken to court by his fourth and last ex-wife for child support modification.

The bid to increase Schon's support from $3,000 to more than $5,700 per month for the former couple's two children failed. The judge in the support case felt Schon's former spouse had squandered her time since the couple's 2007 separation by not pursuing an education and career.

The court admonished Schon's ex-wife for not finishing a teaching degree. The judge suggested the mother of two would be making about $36,000 a year if she followed through with the job plan.

The court believed the support modification was an attempt by Schon's former wife to "upgrade her own standard of living."

The Journey guitarist has five children, three from earlier marriages.

Support modifications in New York are calculated according to the Low Income Support Obligation and Performance Improvement Act. The 2010 law allows judges to change an existing child support order no sooner than three years following a previous support order.

Parents must show the court their income or the other parent's income has gone or up down a minimum of 15 percent. When conditions are met, a court will recalibrate a noncustodial parent's payments.

Income levels are not the only determining factor in child support modification cases. To understand the full effect of state laws, parents are advised to consult with a skilled family law attorney.

Source:, "Wife of Journey guitarist fails in her bid to increase child support," Marilyn Stowe, Feb. 26, 2013

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