Walsh Says His Ex-Wife Is Lying About Back Child Support

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), the McHenry Tea Party member who has catapulted to the national stage with his straight-talk approach and sometimes biting rhetoric, says he’s being “pummeled by the media” over allegations he owes years of child support.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, Walsh says his ex-wife is lying about not receiving some of the more than $117,000 in missing child support funds she says he owes.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports

He tells the Daily Herald his ex-wife, Laura Walsh, is trying to exploit his new position as a member of Congress.

Walsh admits he did not pay child support between March 2008 and December 2010, but tells the newspaper that he and his ex-wife had a verbal understanding that they would divide their children’s expenses.

Walsh is asking a Cook County Circuit Court judge to deny his ex-wife’s request to increase child support payments, suspend his driver’s license, and freeze his bank accounts, the Daily Herald reports. He is also asking to be reimbursed for legal fees.

Currently, $2,136 in child support payments is being taken monthly from Walsh’s Congressional paychecks, the Daily Herald reports.

In September, Walsh was ordered to prove that he made the child support payments. Circuit Court Judge Raul Vega said at the hearing last month that he was going to issue a “rule to show cause” why Walsh shouldn’t be held in contempt for falling behind on child support over the past five years.

The effect of that ruling was that, instead of Laura Walsh having to prove the congressman owes the money, the burden shifts to the congressman to prove that he doesn’t owe money, according to attorneys for both Walshes.

Walsh did not attend the September hearing, although his ex-wife did. When Vega asked Walsh’s attorney, Janet Boyle, why the Congressman was not there, she asked “for what purpose” he wanted Walsh in court, given that “Mr. Walsh is a U.S. congressman.”

“Well, he’s no different than anyone else,” the judge said at the hearing. Vega said he expects Rep. Walsh to show up at the next hearing, in November.

  • Bill

    It sounds like this guy’s x-wife is a real piece of garbage. She probably wants to upgrade to a Mercedes.

    • Tom

      How much did your ex-wife soak you for, Bill?

      • AM

        There are a lot of angry men on this page. Most of whom seem to have issues with child support in general- which says quite a bit in my opinion about them in my opinion. You make children you are responsible for helping take care of them. Any man who doesn’t get that shouldn’t be having kids in the first place. Blaming the woman for the fact they have to pay child support is a sign of incredible immaturity.

    • AM

      She sounds like a piece of garbage but a man who hasn’t paid child support in over two years doesn’t? Joe is that you?

  • ad

    What a dead beat. He should be removed from office.

  • mike

    Ofcourse she is the garbage right, but im sure if he was a democrate you would ask why he is not in jail like every other deadbeat dad. You people can not be serious with the stuff that you write, I am hoping that you say off the wall stuff just so you can get a rise out of people which is fine. However if that is what you really beleive then you are illeducated and probably need some sort of special needs schooling. I say throw him in jail just like they would if it were you or I.

  • AM

    There is no such things as a “verbal arrangement” in the eyes of the court when it comes to child support. If he had a standing child support order THAT is what he should be following. And considering that he didn’t pay for two years it could very well be that he owes 117,000. My question is this: Why is he still walking around free? If this were anyone else they would have been in jail already for failure to pay.

  • Ben Haggi

    Did any of you people even read the headline or the story? The b!tch is lying, for one. In addition she is trying to exploit his new job position. Why is it always assumed that the guy is in the wrong? $2000 a month? Is that a typo? I think Bill is right, that Mercedes is most likely what she is really after.

    • AM

      The amount he is ordered to pay is determined by the Judge dear- not his ex-wife. And if he had an issue with paying that amount he could have went back to court and asked for the order to be modified. Instead of doing that he simply chose not to pay. He ADMITTED that he didn’t pay a dime from 2008-2010. So now he owes the money plain and simple. Whatever he is paying now doesn’t cover BACK child support. It covers current monthly payments that are due. Try educating yourself about how child support actually works.

      • Ben Haggi

        It’s always been obvious how it works. The woman lives high on the hog until the kids turn 18, and the guy is basicly scr@wed.

  • Cats

    Oh grow up do you know how many women struggle to raise children on a single income and act as both parents because the looser ex won’t pay child support and can’t be bothered to come spend time with his kids

    • AM

      Exactly. My mother was one of those women. He child support order was a meager $300 a month! And she couldn’t even get that!

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