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Grey's Anatomy star temporarily settles family law matters

One of the stars of the popular TV show "Grey's Anatomy" recently finalized what had been a contentious divorce. Jesse Williams agreed to pay child support and alimony as part of the resolution, both of which are common family law outcomes in Massachusetts. He and his ex-wife also reached a temporary custody arrangement regarding their two children.

Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee were married just under five years when they filed for divorce in April 2017. The couple shares two children together, a 3-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy. Although the details of their custody arrangement are not clear, it is only a temporary agreement. This is not an uncommon approach when parents are unsure of their future employment needs or are having trouble reaching a permanent solution, and want a temporary agreement to provide a sense of stability.

As part of their divorce settlement, Williams will pay Drake-Lee a total of $160,000, which will be made in three payments. Williams has indicated that he will make one payment from each of three future paychecks from "Grey's Anatomy." Of the total sum, $100,000 is intended as child and spousal support. The additional $60,000 is to pay off related expenses and legal fees.

Williams and Drake-Lee will likely revisit their divorce terms as both the child custody arrangement and divorce settlement are temporary measures. However, temporary settlements can provide a solid bridge for Massachusetts families dealing with contentious family law matters. These types of temporary arrangements are usually reached through mutual negotiations or mediation, under the guidance of experienced counsel.

Source: New York Daily News, "Jesse Williams agrees to pay big amount in spousal, child support", Peter Sblendorio, Sept. 26, 2017

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