Guess He Thought Child Support Was Optional: Jasmine Guy’s Ex-Husband Owes Her $40K In Back Pay

September 17, 2012  |  


It’s starting to feel like the week isn’t complete without a non-child-support-paying ex-husband/baby daddy story, which is so unfortunate. The latest celebrity to demand that the father of her child pay up is “A Different World” star Jasmine Guy who says her ex-husband hasn’t paid child support for the last two years and now owes her nearly $40,000.

As TMZ tells it:

Guy filed legal docs in L.A. County Superior Court recently, claiming Terrence Mitchell Duckett — who she divorced in 2008 — was ordered by a judge to pay $1,469/month in child support for the couple’s daughter.

In the docs, Guy says Duckett hasn’t paid a dime since May 2010 and now owes her a whopping $39,663 in back support.

Guy filed the docs because she wants a judge to hold her ex in contempt of court so that she can collect on the debt by garnishing his wages, going after his assets, or even having him thrown in jail.

A hearing on the matter was scheduled for last month, but was cancelled because Jasmine was unable to serve her ex with the papers.

Sources close to Jasmine tell TMZ the actress is still attempting to serve the papers, so the hearing can be rescheduled.

Her lawyer, Lisa West, tells TMZ, “Both parents have the financial responsibility of rearing a child. Jasmine has always met and will continue to meet her financial responsibility. She, however unfortunately, finds herself in the same position as are many single mothers in this country — she must enforce her child’s right to benefit from the financial assets of both parents.”

Jasmine and Terrence’s daughter Imani was born in 1999, one year after the couple married in August of ’98. Ten years later, the pair filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, and it appears Terrence upheld his end of the child support bargain for the first two years after the split. For some reason, he got amnesia in 2010 and thought his mandated payment schedule was optional. He better get it together if he wants to stay out of jail and, you know, be a good father.

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