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Florida Woman Sues Dwight Howard For Increase in $10,000 Monthly Child Support Payments, Claims He's Already Behind

First Posted: Jun 12, 2015 04:17 PM EDT
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A Florida woman is suing NBA star Dwight Howard for an increase in the $10,000 per month in child support he now reportedly pays to her for their four-year-old son.

Only identified as Tiffany, the woman is now adamant the Houston Rockets All-Star center has been shortchanging her for years by paying what she thinks for him is a paltry amount, TMZ Sports reports.

According to the website, the woman maintains she and Howard struck an agreement back in 2013 for him to pay that monthly amount, and he has failed to live up to his end of the bargain. By her estimates, she claims Howard has only paid roughly "half of what he owes" since January. 

With Howard earning an estimated $27 million annually in NBA salary and endorsement fees, the woman argues she needs a "bigger slice of the pie" in order to pay for the child's schooling and other activities, including being able to attend therapy sessions to deal with the added stress of being a celebrity's child. 

Howard was criminally investigated last year after the mother of one of his children charged he abused their young son by hitting the boy with a belt buckle. Back then, Royce Reed told authorities in Atlanta her 7-year-son remained "terrified" of his father.

An investigation ultimately cleared Howard, but left Reed fuming.

"She's extremely upset by the way the system neglected to defend her son," a source told TMZ. "She never asked for Dwight to be arrested. She asked for him to get help and take parenting classes. Her child is terrified of his father."

Attorneys for Howard later hinted Reed trumped up the baseless allegations as part of her ongoing effort to use her son as a "pawn" in her crusade against their client.

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