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How Much Does Nick Cannon Pay in Child Support? He Says It's "a Lot More" Than People Think


Nov. 14 2022, Updated 1:51 p.m. ET

Few men have more reason to celebrate Father's Day than Nick Cannon, who has fathered 12 children (some who are still on the way) with six different women. Naturally, many have also wondering what kind of child support Nick has to pay to support the mothers of his children. As it turns out, quite a bit of his income winds up in those payments.

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What is Nick Cannon's child support payment?

According to The Sun, Nick makes around $3 million in child support payments every year, and the amount that each one of his baby mamas gets varies pretty wildly. Family law attorney and legal expert Goldie Schon spoke with The Sun, estimating that Nick's high income factored in to the size of his child support payments.

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“When you have somebody like Nick Cannon, who's an extremely high-income earner, the courts in California have the right to deviate from the typical child support guidelines," she explained.

With Nick taking home an estimated $5 million a year, "you have to look at what it would take to have the children kept in the lifestyle of both parents," she went on.

"Dad is clearly a public figure and makes a substantial income," Goldie continued. "The lifestyle has to be as if when children are with mom, it's as if they were still at the same lifestyle is when they're with dad."

Goldie also provided a breakdown of how much each woman is likely getting, including an explanation of why some of his baby mamas are likely entitled to more than others.

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Abbey de la Rosa is likely bringing in the most.

Abbey de la Rosa already has twins with Nick, and the multi-hyphenate welcomed their third child on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Nick shared the happy news on his Instagram account with a special shout-out to the “mommy” of three.

Goldie said that Abbey was likely making between $600,000 and $750,000 before the birth of their new child, and will likely be making closer to $1 million now that their third child, Zeppelin, is here. Goldie also explained that having another child with Abbey would be cheaper for Nick than bringing a new baby mama into the fold.

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Nick also shares a child with Bre Tiesi, who welcomed their son, Legendary, in July 2022. Goldie estimates that she earns roughly $40,000 a month from him. Nick also has two children with Brittany Bell, and Goldie estimates that he's paying her roughly $60,000 a month.

Goldie suggested that Nick likely does not pay child support to Mariah Carey, as she likely has a higher income than he does.

The Drumline actor and LaNisha Cole welcomed their first daughter together, Onyx, in September 2022.

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Shortly after Onyx’s birth, rumors swirled that Nick and Alyssa Scott were expecting their second child, which they both confirmed was true. The new baby comes almost a year after the co-parents’ son, Zen, died at just seven months.

It’s unclear what Alyssa and LaNisha earn from Nick, but it’s likely in the same ballpark as the others.

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Nick Cannon said he pays “a lot more” than his reported child support payments.

While The Sun estimated Nick’s child support payments to be around $3 million, the former Nickelodeon star refuted those claims. In a November 2022 interview with The Neighborhood Talk, Nick said the report was inaccurate, and he’s much more gracious with his money than onlookers believe.

“I definitely spend a lot more than [$3 million] on my children annually,” Nick explained to the outlet. “I don’t plan to ever have to participate in the governmental system of [a] child.”

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Nick’s statement implies that he doesn’t have any legal child support obligations, and he seemingly takes care of each of his households. In addition to the financial support, he said he’s involved in all of his kids’ lives, even when he’s not in the same home as them.

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“Contrary to popular belief, I’m probably engaged throughout my children’s day, more often than the average adult can be,” Nick claimed in a June 2022 Men’s Health interview. “If I’m not physically in the same city with my kids, I’m talking to them before they go to school via FaceTime and stuff. And then when I am [in the same city, I’m] driving my kids to school, like, making sure I pick ’em up.”

He added: “I’ve seen where people believe a traditional household works, and [yet] there’s a lot of toxicity in that setting. It’s not about what society deems is right. It’s like, what makes it right for you? What brings your happiness? What allows you to have joy, and how you define family? We all define family in so many different ways.”

Despite spending millions on his kids, it seems clear that Nick doesn't mind having lots of children, and in fact seems to enjoy fatherhood. He may have to pay quite a bit to the women he shares children with him, but that hasn't slowed him down yet.

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