Marriage of Venit
This is a consolidated appeal by Adam Venit from post dissolution child support and litigation costs orders in favor of his former spouse Jami Abell Venit entered by Judge Marjorie Steinberg. First, Adam challenges the July 15, 2005 denial of his application to modify a November 8, 2002 child support order to reduce his child support payments for his two children from $26,971 per month, which he was ordered to pay pursuant to the statewide uniform child support guideline formula set forth in Family Code sections 4050 et seq., to $12,000. Second, Adam challenges that portion of the July 15, 2005 order which increased his child support payments to $31,603 per month pursuant to the statutory guideline support formula based on his annual income of $4,082,424. Third, Adam also appeals from an August 22, 2005 order directing him to pay $246,268.54 of litigation costs to Jami in connection with the July 15, 2005 order, among other things. Under the applicable standards of review Judge Steinberg did not abuse her discretion in: denying the request to reduce the support order from $26,971; increasing the amount of monthly support to $31,603 based on the escalation in Adams annual income from $3.6 million in 2002 to $4,082,424 in 2005; and ordering Adam to pay most of Jamis litigation costs.
The order denying the request to reduce child support and directing a modification of child support to increase the amount of monthly support is affirmed.