Two days before Hunter Biden was required to be in Independence County Circuit Court and face possible contempt charges, a temporary agreement for child support was reached by the two parties in the Roberts/Biden paternity lawsuit.
The suit, filed last May by Lunden Roberts of Independence County, has drawn a considerable amount of national (and international) media attention because it involves Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Hunter Biden’s name has also been prominent during the current impeachment proceedings.
According to the agreement that was filed this afternoon, Biden shall pay a monthly sum of child support for “Baby Doe.“ That amount was redacted by order of the court.
The court did say that amount would be paid until all discovery has been submitted, and the court can then determine a more accurate figure.
The discovery information mostly consists of financial records, including Biden’s last two IRS tax returns and a list of all sources of income for the past five years. It would also include copies of deeds to properties he owns or in which he has an ownership interest.
Judge Holly Meyer said Biden is to make sure all payments are on time, starting with the first child support payment on Feb. 1, 2020. The judge said she has the right and duty to retroactively amend or modify child support without the need of a proper motion by either party.
Meyer also noted if the evidence indicates the support should be more, the court may order that Biden pay an additional amount. It would be retroactive to the beginning. Likewise, if Biden paid more than he should have been paying, then that adjustment will be made, and the court may give him the credit toward any future support.
Judge Meyer said the child support should be retroactive to Nov. 1, 2018, and that Biden is to pay that retroactive support, as well as attorney fees and costs in an amount that was redacted. The judge said that amount is to be paid no later than 5 p.m. on March 1, 2020.
The agreement said that both motions on contempt are continued until the court’s pre-trial hearing on March 13, 2020. The court said if the discovery information is provided to the court by March 1, 2020, the contempt charges will be dismissed.
Also, Wednesday’s scheduled hearing was removed from the docket.
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