Jesse Williams heads back to court to reduce $50,000 child support that he was ordered to pay
After being ordered to pay a child support amount of $50,000, actor Jesse Williams is requesting the court to let him pay through a third party.
The 'Grey's Anatomy' star, Jesse Williams, will request the court for a new trial in his child support case, less than a month after he was ordered to pay $50,000 a month. The 36-year-old actor filed the documents informing the court of his intention to seek modification of his child support, as he thought that the figures estimated by the judge is wrong. He firmly believes that he is a victim of an "error in law" case, as he is currently paying his former wife Aryn Drake-Lee a total amount of $100, 000 per month.
E!News obtained the court documents which were filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles, which state that the actor has been ordered to pay $50,629 in child support a month to Aryn Drake-Lee. The couple have had two children, two-year-old Maceo Williams and four-year-old Sadie Williams. The documents state that the parties have "stipulated" that Jesse has a monthly income of over $521,000 per month which according to the court is an extraordinarily high amount. Jesse was ordered that beginning from July 1 he would be required to pay a part of the child support amount on the first day of the month and the second half on the 15th day of the month.
Jesse and Drake-Lee called it quits in 2017 after being married for almost five years. In a court trial in January, the judge raised the spousal support for Jesse to $50,000 a month. Later on, a petitioned was signed requesting Jesse to pay an amount of $50,695 per month to his former wife in spousal support. According to court documents, the payment increased by $17,000 from $33,242. Jesse was awarded joint physical custody of the kids in March, and he could keep his children over the weekend, two days each week, and during Father's Day.
The report states that Jesse had asked Drake-Lee for a reduction in the child support amount, as he stated in the court documents that his former wife, "exaggerates many of our expenses and the children's needs, while also lumping her personal expenses as expenses for the children." Daily Mail states that Jesse tried to argue that she should not have to pay any child support to Drake-Lee directly. He argued in papers, "The reasonable needs of the children can be met by (Williams) directly paying school tuition, uninsured medical and certain other expenses totaling $7,465 a month." Instead, he would prefer making the payment through third parties.
However, court statements mention that the point of child support is to maintain a child's need given its right to share a lifestyle which involves the consistent presence of both parents. It further added that those needs would not be met if Jesse does not have any direct contact with his former wife, as the children have been spending most of their custodial time with her.
Jesse Has reportedly already contributed around $110,000 for his ex-wife's legal fee, although the ruling ordered him to pay an additional $160,000 for fees associated with attorney costs and forensic accounting.