Actress Jodie Sweetin must pay child support to ex-husband

Texas fans of actress Jodie Sweetin may have heard that she and her third husband, Morty Coyle, divorced. The two married in 2012, and she filed for legal separation in 2013. The divorce was final in 2016.

On Dec. 15, a judge ordered her to pay $2,800 per month in child support to Coyle for their 7-year-old daughter. On the first of each month, $1,400 will be due, and on the 15th, the other $1,400 will be due. She also has to pay him back in two installments, due on Feb. 1 and March 1, 2018, for support up to Sept. 1. She will be required to continue paying the support until the child is emancipated, turns 18, marries or dies.

Sweetin was married to her second husband from 2007 to 2010, and they have a 9-year-old daughter. Before that, she was married from 2002 to 2006. Another engagement ended in March 2017 after she had to file a restraining order against her fiance that he then violated.

Child support is usually paid to the custodial parent by the noncustodial parent. In some cases, parents may share custody and the child may end up spending roughly the same amount of time at each parent's home. However, parents may agree that the child would be better off living primarily with one parent, or a judge may make this decision after looking at the situation. Factors such as the work schedule of both parents, the stability of each situation for the child and even the child's own wishes may play a part in deciding who has child custody. If one parent falls behind on child support, there may be legal remedies available.

Source: US Magazine, "Jodie Sweetin Ordered to Pay Ex-Husband Morty Coyle $2,800 Per Month in Child Support", Nicholas Hautman, Dec. 20, 2017