A judge has ordered Nas to pay his estranged wife around $44,000 a month in child and spousal support, just a day after she gave birth to the soon-to-be-divorced couple’s first child.
According to the Associated Press, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Louis Meisinger issued the order at a Thursday (July 23) hearing. Neither party were present.
In addition to the monthly amount, the rapper (real name: Nasir Jones) is also required to pay $45,000 in legal and accounting fees for Kelis.
The couple have been going through a bitter legal battle over the past few months, with Kelis alleging that Nas hadn’t paid any of her pregnancy costs, as well as her expenses during their split. However, Nas, through his attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan, said he had paid $30,000 in expenses and the former couple’s health insurance has been maintained.
Kaplan proposed that Nas pay Kelis a one-time payment of $20,000 until an appropriate amount was settled at a later hearing. But, Meisinger rejected that offer, saying more money per month would be needed to accommodate Kelis’ lifestyle “based on income declarations filed with the court.”
In past court documents, Kelis said the exact same thing. The couple own five homes, they fly first class, dine at fancy restaurants, etc etc.
Due to her pregnancy, she said she’s been unable to work. Thus, her monthly income has dipped over the past year. However, her attorney Laura Wasser said Kelis is seeking a new record deal and hopes to begin recording new music soon.
The AP reports that a hearing on whether the payments should be altered will be heard on September 8.
“The beautiful baby boy and his mother are doing wonderful,” Kelis’ spokesperson, Tracy Nguyen, said in a statement.