Jesse Williams’ child support payments to ex-boyfriend get “significant” discount after Grey’s Anatomy leaves


Stefanie Keenan / Getty Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee

Jesse Williams will pay his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, a small amount of child support.

According to court documents filed Thursday by PEOPLE, Williams’ monthly child support payments were “temporarily changed” to $ 6,413.

Prior to the filing, the 40-year-old actor – who shares his 8-year-old daughter Sadie and his 6-year-old son Maceo with Drake-Lee – paid his ex-wife $ 40,000 in child support. every month.

The change came after Williams reported a “significant change in revenue” in documents filed on December 20, 2021, just six months after his May 2021 departure from Gray’s anatomy. Williams left the successful ABC medical drama after 12 seasons as Dr. Jackson Avery.

The actor is currently starring in the Broadway production Get me out of townwhich seems to pay him $ 1,668 a week, according to TMZ.

Attorneys Williams and Drake-Lee did not immediately respond to the people’s request for comment.

Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

Kelsey McNeal / ABC through Getty Jesse Williams on Grey’s Anatomy

LEETH: Jesse Williams and ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee resolve child custody dispute

Williams and Drake-Lee, 40, were married in September 2012 after more than five years together. The plaintiff filed for divorce in April 2017. Since then, the two have faced a series of legal battles over custody of their children and child support for Williams.

In June 2018, Williams was forced to pay more than $ 50,000 a month for child support, in addition to $ 50,695 a month for her husband’s maintenance, which she paid Drake-Lee in January of that year. On Monday, the plaintiff filed an appeal to fight against the order, claiming that he was paying too much.

By October 2020, Williams and Drake-Lee had completed their divorce, with documents obtained by PEOPLE at the time stating that the former would share joint legal and physical custody of their two children. Williams was also forced to pay his ex-wife $ 40,000 in child support each month, as well as more than $ 100,000 in two child support payments.

Then, in April 2021, the former couple was ordered by a judge to participate in a program of “parents with major conflicts” while navigating their relationship as co-parents.

Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee

Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee

John Shearer / Getty Images Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee

Most recently, Williams and Drake-Lee settled their child custody dispute in March, saying they would continue to share legal custody of their two children. The judge also recommended that the former seek counseling for co-parenting, as “both seek a great refinement of their custody and visitation orders, many of which a court is not as well prepared to handle.” ”.

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Amid ongoing disputes with her ex, Drake-Lee spoke with PEOPLE in May 2019 about the impact it had on her family, including her children, the battle for divorce and custody.

“When you start spinning, kids start spinning, so even if you look at them and tell them everything is fine, they know it’s not good because they can feel it’s not good,” she said. then.

“I’m talking to them at their level,” Drake-Lee added. “It’s okay for kids to see me crying, to see that I’m having a hard day today. Because it lets them know that when they have those hard days, there’s room for that.”