After months of wrangling over child support, rapper Eminem’s (real name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III) divorce became official on Friday. Mathers, 28, and his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, 26, will share custody of their 5-year-old daughter. “It’s always been Marshall’s desire that whatever happened would happen in the best interest of the child,” said Harvey Hauer, a Franklin, Mich., attorney who represented Eminem.
In a divorce decree, Macomb County Circuit Judge Donald G. Miller ordered Eminem to pay $1,000 a week — or $52,000 yearly — in child support to his ex-wife, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.
The settlement is far less than the $2,740 a week — or $142,480 annually — recommended by the Macomb County Friend of the Court. Still, Hauer said the couple came to an amicable resolution. “Now they can carry on with their lives and with being the kind of parents they want to be,” Hauer told The Macomb Daily.
A telephone message left at the office of Robert Feldstein, Kim Mathers’ attorney in the divorce, was not immediately returned.
The couple was married in June 1999. They legally separated in August 2000, two months after Eminem was charged with using a gun to pistol-whip a man he said he saw kissing his wife outside a nightclub. He later pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and received two years probation. The rapper later pleaded guilty to another weapons charge, stemming from an incident with an associate of rival Michigan rap group Insane Clown Posse.
The couple reconciled last December but Kim Mathers filed for divorce in March.
Kim Mathers hit her own legal troubles over the summer when she was arrested and charged with drug possession after police found a bag with a “white powdery substance” in the back of a patrol car where she had been questioned. The incident occurred in Macomb County’s Harrison township.
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