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Thursday, 11 October, 2001, 09:12 GMT 10:12 UK
Eminem's divorce finalised
Eminem
Eminem: His wife wanted more than court ordered
Rap star Eminem's divorce from Kimberly Mathers has been finalised after months of wrangling over the amount of child support the singer should pay.

Judge Donald G Miller ordered Eminem to pay $1,000 (689) a week, or $52,000 (35,861) a year, for the support of his five-year-old daughter Hailie in a decree issued in Mt Clemens, Michigan on Friday.

The couple had already agreed to share custody of Hailie when divorce proceedings began for a second time in March.


It's always been Marshall's desire that whatever happened would happen in the best interest of the child

Harvey Hauer, Eminem's attorney

Proceedings were held up as Kimberly Mathers wanted more than the then yearly $142,480 (100,800) awarded by the court for their daughter.

Eminem's attorney Harvey Hauer spoke about the settlement on behalf of his client - whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III.

"It's always been Marshall's desire that whatever happened would happen in the best interest of the child," Mr Hauer said.

Home

Although the settlement was far less than the $142,480 (100,800) per year originally recommended by the Michigan court, Mr Hauer added that the couple had come to an amicable resolution.

"Now they can carry on with their lives and with being the kind of parents they want to be," Mr Hauer said.

The couple had already agreed that Eminem would keep their $450,000 (318,000) home in Clinton Township, Michigan, while his wife would get $475,000 (327,626) to buy her own house.

Court papers put Eminem's earnings at $2.7m (1.9m) per year.

Defamation

The couple married in June 1999. The first divorce suit was filed by Eminem in August 2000 after a run-in with police and a suicide attempt by Kim Mathers.

The couple then tried to make amends, but later decided the marriage was not "going to work".

Kim Mathers had previously sued her husband for defamation following the release of the song Kim, in which he detailed the fictional killing of his wife.

The pair reached a settlement for her $10m (6.8m) legal action.

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