Leah Calvert's Husband Makes More Than Enough Money to Support Her Kids

Leah CalvertLeah Calvert may seem like the teen mom with the most to deal with given she has not one, but THREE kids, two marriages, a mortgage, and a whole lot of other things to juggle. But it also seems that she is one of the teen moms from the show with the most disposable income.

According to some sources, Calvert's husband Jeremy -- a pipeliner -- makes as much as $200,000 a year. That's a lot of dough for a still fairly young guy who didn't go further than high school, right?

This seems way, WAY off, but if it's true (and some sources imply it might be given how long and hard the work is), it brings Leah's money woes from last season under fire. Why was Leah hitting Corey up for so much more child support last season for the twins?

Corey barely has any cash flow and Leah has her Teen Mom money, plus Calvert's money. At the time, she asked Corey: "Do you want their stepdad supporting them?" It makes sense.

But it also doesn't.

Child support doesn't take the salary of a stepparent into consideration, and for all intents and purposes, that makes sense. Except when it doesn't. The reality is, in many states, child support is simply too much. A third of someone's salary for one child? Half for two? That may work in a state where the cost of living is low, but in the states where I have lived, it means the father (or the person paying) ends up with a much lower standard of living than the mother. It's just the reality.

The kids deserve to be supported by their dad, but their dad is a very involved guy who does his best with his visitation. This isn't a man who would deny his girls anything if they needed it. He even said as much. So why legally dig into his pockets?

Leah claims to not care about money and wants to focus on important things. I hope that's true. But last season's discussions don't seem to jive with that line of thinking. Money seems to be on the forefront of her mind.

Do you think Jeremy's salary matters?

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nonmember avatar jessica

he is their father and he was paying waaaay less than he was supposed to. She asked for $100 more a month I think and he was the one who wanted to go to court about it. That was the courts that said he should be paying more than just an extra $100. Leah has them most of the time so she is paying for most of their needs. Just because jeremy makes alot of money does not mean corey shouldn't pay for his own children.

Roxygurl Roxygurl

Your numbers are off. It's usually 20% for one child and 25% for two kids, not half as you stated

Bottom line is Cory should have to pay 25% for his girls because they are his, during the season it came out that he was supposed to pay 1200 under the guidelines but Leah settled for 800. 800 bucks doesn't go far with 2 little girls who could possibly still be in diapers and who I assume attend daycare and one who has disabilities that cost money even if the kids are on state insurance. You need to factor in gas and parking and finding child care for the other two.

You also failed to realize that Cory gets money for being on the show as well, not as much as Leah I assume but he still gets paid for his part.

Stephanie Anne-Marie Mcdaniel

dude i get 198 every two weeks for my two boys, and it BARELY covers all the bills and i cant work bc i have NO help with babysitting and it would cost more for daycare than i would make, i tried it. My ex  makes over 2000 a month and has NO bills except phone and gas, bc he lives with his mom. i pay for eveyrthing for them. diapers, clothes, shoes, food, EVERYTHING. he buys them  NOTHING. he actually BORROWED $50 from me and never returned it. yeah guys need to pay more cs. thats a fact

lulou lulou

She should become a pipeliner. 

nonmember avatar Cait

@Stephanie - Daycare issues are not a valid reason for not working to support your kids. Grow up, find a job that is flexible and start providing for YOUR KIDS.

Victo... Victoria0785

His kids, his responsibility, not the stepdad. He needs to pay up. And 900 isn't that much.

nonmember avatar ClassyGurl

The father should not have to contribute any more than the mother does financially. A lot of times, the dads DO end up paying more. The way I look at it is, lots of mommies have jobs & work out the daycare issue. Why should the dad have to pay more so mom can stay home?

nonmember avatar MammaMel

Really? If child support is so terrible and her husband should be paying, then he should also be the legal parent, period! If a father wants to be a father he needs to PAY AS WELL, it's wrong that so many (never been in the situation) people judge moms for getting child support! Guess what? What I get doesn't even pay 1/16 of my childs bills a month! A father SHOULD be just as responsible for a childs monetary needs as their mother! Please keep your mouth shut about issues YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

nonmember avatar KateG

Actually, Leah asked for more money from him because he got a raise. He said he could comfortably afford another $100/month. She then presented it to her attorney so they could schedule a mediation, and the attorney pointed out he owed more much more than that. She agreed, and they blindsided him. That being said, if she doesn't work, then she should be evaluated at minimum wage because she has the capacity to work. She isn't disabled.

nonmember avatar ClassyGurl

I don't think anyone ever said they are completely against fathers paying child support, I think the issue is mommas thinking the baby daddy should have to pay more than they do. Child support is simply that -CHILD support. That doesn't give anyone a ticket to not have to work & support their child as well. I think parents should be responsible for a childs' support 50/50. I don't receive that now, but I know my ex husband cannot afford it & I am not going to push the issue. My child has a good life, my husband and I both work our butts off to make a good living for ourselves & I don't expect my childs dad to contribute to anything but my sons needs. Child support is a good thing. It is necessary, however it isn't a means to be a stay at home mommy.

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