Jesse Williams’ request to reduce his $40,000 child support payments to his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee has been accepted.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Jesse’s child support payments have been “temporarily modified” to $6,413.
As previously reported, the child support payment modification was made following Williams’ claims that he could no longer afford to make the $40,000 monthly payment a judge ordered him to provide for his 8-year-old daughter, Sadie, and 6-year-old son, Maceo, after his divorce in 2019.
His claim to the court said, “I am requesting the Court reduce the child support to a reasonable amount I can afford given the significant reduction in my income and the now fluctuating nature of my income.”
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Williams left his Grey’s Anatomy job in 2021, a role that he claims was the primary source of income for the family.
“I appeared on the television show Grey’s Anatomy, which was the primary source of income for our family throughout the marriage and, for me, post-separation. I am no longer on Grey’s. My last appearance was in May 2021,” he stated.
“The child support of $40,000 per month ($480,000 per year), which commenced October 1, 2019, was based almost entirely on my Grey’s episodic fees, which was my then primary source of income. I had previously been paying child support to Aryn in the combined sum of $50,629 per month pursuant to the court’s order for temporary child support on June 19, 2018 (and $50,695 per month in tax-deductible spousal support),” he continued according to Entertainment Tonight.