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Jesse Jackson Jr. voluntarily increases child support

Colorado readers may be aware of a contentious divorce case between Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson. The pair have made headlines in recent months as they struggle forward in what is shaping up to be a bitter divorce case. In an unexpected development, Jesse Jackson Jr. has voluntarily increased his child support payments.

At a hearing in early March, a judge decided that Jackson would only be obligated to pay $329 a month in child support. In addition, payments were suspended for the months of April through July, meaning that Jackson would not have to make his first reduced payment until the month of August. Jackson has voluntarily increased his child support payment to $1,529 per month, and has already paid that amount for March.

In explaining the sudden change of course, an attorney for Jackson stated that the increase was made in an effort to "streamline" litigation between the parties. As of the time of this report, the Jacksons continue to battle over which state will serve as jurisdiction for their divorce case. By volunteering to up his monthly child support obligation, Jesse Jackson Jr. can avoid additional litigation of that matter.

Because the couple have not yet come to terms on jurisdiction, each party is paying for the services of an attorney in two separate states. That is likely to place an additional financial burden on both spouses. That could explain the desire to reduce litigation on other matters, including issues of child support. For those in Colorado who continue to follow the case, it is likely to be some time before this high profile couple is able to resolve the matter once and for all.

Source:, "After child-support battle, Jackson Jr. now says he'll pay more", Tina Sfondeles, March 29, 2017

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