Beaman Divorce: $15,000 per month in child support?

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The Lee & Kelley Beaman divorce trial has already caused shock-waves across the mid-south, and opening arguments haven’t even been made. We’ve previously covered Lee wearing a body-camera in his own home, and then his extensive porn, prostitute, & sex tape activities.

In the defense’s pre-trial brief, Kelley Beaman argues that the court should order an upward deviation in child support, based on the extraordinary expenditures necessary for the 13-year-old child, setting child support at $15,000 per month, which she says is less than 2% of Lee Beaman’s average gross monthly income over the previous two years. Lee Beaman, however, feels that $2,1000 per month is a much more appropriate amount, with an extra $750 a month for extracurricular activities.


In the brief, Kelley Beaman states that she has no gainful employment, and none is expected due to her limited education and work experience, and the time commitments and obligations stemming from being the primary caregiver to their 13-year-old son. Kelley briefly attended Lipscomb University, but did not obtain a degree, and has been a homemaker since the marriage began in 2001.

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Per standard child support guidelines, the maximum amount of child support to be ordered is $2,100.00 per month. Kelley claims that evidence in this case will establish that the needs of their child “far exceed what the sum of $2,100.00 per month would capture”.

Kelley retained Nashville CPA Tom Price to analyze just her expenditures on the minor child during 2015-2017, and his analysis reveals that during that period, she exceeded $17,000.00 per month on average towards the minor child, not including any funds spent by Lee Beaman on the child. Kelley asserts that $15,000 per month is both necessary and reasonable under current Tennessee Child Support Guidelines. Her average personal spending per month was $34,198.00, and an additional $29,690.00 on average per month for ‘household expenses’.


Lee Beaman has a much different view of how much child support he should pay, stating that it should be in line with the state suggested amount of $2,100.00 per month. Lee also says that he will pay an extra $750.00 per month for ‘agreed-upon’ extracurricular activities. In addition, Lee states he will pay for the 13-year-old’s private secondary school tuition and costs “if he is allowed to be the sole decision maker for the child’s education”. The minor child currently already attends a private school in the area, of Lee Beaman’s choosing.

In the brief, Lee reminds the court that Kelley will be receiving $1,000,000.00 in cash upon the completion of the divorce, along with a $3,258,207.00 annuity paid out monthly, and a $1,000,000.00 for a new residence. He feels that $2,100.00 in monthly child support is sufficient to cover the child’s expenses. The State of Tennessee says child support should be based on the needs for “housing, food, transportation, clothing, and entertainment”.

There is a foot note in lee’s brief, that states that “as wife cannot receive alimony in this case, she will undoubtedly ask for a high amount of child support in order to disguise alimony as child support“. The couple’s prenuptial agreement has an alimony provision.

Just what WOULD $15,000 a month cover for a 13-year-old child, since the house and private school are already being covered by Lee Beaman? We did some math on the back of a napkin:

A private chef x 2 meals a day, private car service to/from school, a new iPhone every month, a brand new outfit and pair of shoes for every single day of school, basically unlimited gaming consoles, games, & accessories, and all the pizza he can order at the age of 13, and a weekend fly-away vacation every month. Oh, and that still leaves a few thousand that this writer couldn’t figure out what to do with, although 13-year-old me might have better ideas.


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