Judge orders rapper T.I. to pay more child support

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
02/25/2009

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ATLANTA - A judge has ordered rapper T.I. to pay more child support to the mother of 2 of his children after she claimed he wasn't providing enough money.

The Superior Court judge on Wednesday boosted the megastar's payment from just over $3,000 to $5,000 a month to LaShon Dixon. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, at first had voluntarily paid about $2,000 per month to support his two sons, ages 7 and 9.

T.I., who was originally ordered to pay for the boys to attend private school, is no longer required to make that payment. The judge, Bensonetta Tipton Lane, also ordered the performer to pay half of the children's extracurricular activities and all their medical expenses.

The judge ordered joint custody of the boys to continue, with Dixon granted primary physical custody. He'll have visitation every other weekend.

Dixon's attorney, Randy Kessler, says the woman is "very grateful" for the judge's decision and called it "a complete victory."

Telephone calls and messages seeking comment from T.I.'s lawyer were not immediately returned Wednesday.

T.I. also has two sons with his fiancee, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, of the defunct R&B group Xscape.

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