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Joe Walsh Says Wife Agreed That He Not Pay Child Support

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What is equitable estoppel?

The Joe Walsh child support battle took an interesting turn& this week as the Congressman argued that his ex-wife should not receive any of the alleged missing child support payments due to this somewhat obscure legal doctrine.

Last year, Laura Walsh made a child support claim of $117,437 against her ex-husband after she found out that he had enough money to give personal loans to his own political campaign, reports the Daily Herald.

However, Joe Walsh just sees this as an attempt by his ex-wife to exploit his new position as a member of Congress for her own personal benefit, reports the Herald. The Congressman says that he did pay his wife child support from 2005 to 2007, and admits that he stopped paying child support in 2008 due a mutual agreement with his former spouse.

Joe Walsh claims that he and his ex-wife reached a verbal understanding at that time that they would divide the children's expenses, but neither would pay child support. The Congressman says that he relied on this verbal agreement, and never went to court to seek an official modification of the $2,136 monthly child support obligations.

With the equitable estoppel defense, Joe Walsh basically argues that his wife had verbally agreed to stop child support payments in exchange for splitting the children's expenses, and could not now sue for the child support. Generally, equitable estoppel prevents someone from being harmed by another person's voluntary conduct.

The Joe Walsh child support saga continues. This time the Congressman is putting Laura Walsh on the defensive.

Related Resources:

  • Find a Chicago Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Rep. Joe Walsh: I had 'verbal' deal not to pay child support (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Child Support (FindLaw)
  • The Joe Walsh Child Support Battle Continues (FindLaw's Chicago Family Law Blog)

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