Damn, Dzaddy: Jesse Williams Ordered to Pay Over $50,000 a Month in Child Support

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Well, we know where a good chunk of Jesse Williams’ “Blebrity” money will be going.

According to court documents filed in Los Angeles Tuesday and obtained by E! News, Williams has been ordered to pay $50,629 a month in child support to his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, to support their two kids, Maceo, 2, and Sadie, 4.

Looking at that as a yearly sum, this means Williams will be paying his ex a little bit more than $600,000 a year in spousal support. Previously, Williams had paid Drake-Lee around $33,242 in monthly child support before she submitted a petition to have the sum raised.

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Williams did fight back, though. According to E! News, court filings earlier this month show Williams asking a judge to deny Drake-Lee’s request.

“[She] exaggerates many of our expenses and the children’s needs, while also lumping her personal expenses as expenses for the children,” Williams said in the documents.

But court records also show that the Grey’s Anatomy star significant monthly income could have been a factor in the ruling. Currently, Williams takes home more than $521,000 a month in earnings.

At the moment, the pair split custody of the kids, with Williams seeing Maceo and Sadie every other weekend and two days a week. Williams and Drake-Lee married in 2012, when Williams was still a schoolteacher in New York. He filed for divorce in April of last year.

Staff writer, The Root.

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The purpose of child support is, upon the separation of one parent who works and another who does not, that the parent who does not work be able to continue to support themselves and their children, maintaining the financial relationship which predates the separation. The needs of the un-working parent and children should be met and they should have an amount of money on which they can live, assuming the working parent makes sufficient money. I totally understand this, and I think it’s a largely fair system because it doesn’t pressure un-working parents to stay in bad relationships.

Can someone explain why this is proportional to income of the working parent beyond what’s normally needed to live comfortably? Why is like $8,000 a month not sufficient for Jesse Williams’ ex-wife and children? Elsewhere on the internet, I read that Brendan Fraser is paying $50,000 a month in alimony and $25,000 a month in child support. That’s way more than anyone needs to live comfortably. Why does this happen? 

I’m not being facetious or concern trolling, I genuinely don’t understand.