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Jeremy Renner's ex-wife claims he owes her child support

New York residents may be interested to learn that actor Jeremy Renner was accused of lagging on child support payments. It is alleged by Sonni Pacheco, the Mission: Impossible star's ex, that the actor owes nearly $50,000 in back child support. In addition to payment for back child support, Pacheco is seeking payment for their daughter's preschool tuition.

Despite the claims that have been made by Pacheco, Renner has adamantly denied owing any back child support. A representative for Renner told media outlets that Renner has never missed a child support payment, and Pacheco has received many thousands of dollars from him. The representative also said that the $1,600 per month preschool tuition that Pacheco is seeking from Renner was not agreed upon in the divorce.

Renner and Pacheco were married for eight months before they divorced in 2015. The divorce decree gave both parents joint custody of their daughter and required Renner to pay Pacheco $13,000 per month for child support. Court documents show that Renner sent a text message to Pacheco explaining that he did not have more cash to give her and was sorry that she could not care for their daughter with more than $300,000.

After an initial child support order is issued, the order may need to be modified due to changes in circumstances. For example, if the income of the paying parent goes down, the child support payments may need to be decreased to an amount that the parent can afford. Child support payments may be increased if a child has more monthly care expenses. A family law attorney may be able to help a divorced parent with a petition for a child support modification.

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