There has been almost nothing more prevalent in the news the past couple of months than the claims of sexual assault and harassment that has allegedly run rampant in the entertainment industry for decades. It may not surprise Pennsylvania residents that Eve Chilton, Harvey Weinstein’s first wife, is demanding a lump sum of child support to be paid immediately. She is worried that he will not be able to meet his child support requirements once he has to pay on the lawsuits against him.
During their seven-year marriage, the couple had three children, who are presently 15, 19 and 22 years of age. At the time of their divorce, Weinstein was ordered to pay a sum of $60 million over time. Ms. Chilton claims he still owes a remaining $5 million. Her attorney says he should have no problem paying that amount at this time, as his net worth is purported to be approximately $240 million. Her attorney also requests the outstanding amount be paid at once, as the number of lawsuits against Weinstein increases each week.
Weinstein’s lawyer argues that his client has never missed a support payment in the 14 years he has been paying. He says that Weinstein’s interest is in providing for his children, no matter their age. The judge in the case, however, agrees with Ms. Chilton and believes if payment is delayed by even a couple of months, Weinstein may not have the financial resources to meet his support demands.
Most Pennsylvania non-custodial parents do not have the financial resources of Weinstein, but that does not relieve them of the responsibility of paying the child support they owe. Seeing that their children have at least the basics of food, clothing, shelter and medical care is a duty they assumed when they became parents. Custodial parents having trouble collecting the financial support they are owed should speak to a family law attorney for guidance on options to consider.
Source: people.com, “Harvey Weinstein’s Ex Wants Remaining $5 Million in Child Support“, Mike Miller, Dec. 21, 2017