Here's the latest news in Mel Gibson's child support battle with Oksana Grigorieva. Recently a judge has ordered Mel Gibson to boost his child support payments to Oksana Grigorieva to $20,000 a month from the $5,000 he's been paying his ex-girlfriend. This is a $15,000 per month increase.
Their eleven-month-old daughter Lucia reportedly needs round-the-clock security, plus the usual necessities like food and medical care - plus it seems that mother and child were used to the "Mel Gibson lifestyle". The judge agreed that security was a legitimate need to protect mother and child from ravenous paparazzi. Lucia was born in October 2009, and Gibson and Grigorieva broke up in April.
According to one of Grigorieva's attorneys, Daniel Horowitz, "Everything in Hollywood is to excess. Mel Gibson is worth upwards of $1 billion. It's a very modest award by Hollywood standards and a very high award by normal people standards."
Mel Gibson's divorce from Robyn Gibson, his wife of almost 30 years, with whom he had eight children, is not yet final, though there are reports that indicate a settlement might be near. Robyn filed for divorce in April 2009.