Thursday, June 21, 2012

Artyom's Mom Asks Court to Stay Child Support Order

From the Daily Mail:
An American woman who sent the Russian boy she adopted back to Moscow alone on a one-way flight has told a judge she no longer wants to pay $150,000 in child support ordered by the court.

Torry Hansen claimed the money would not go to benefit the boy, who she named Justin but is called Artem Saveliev.

Hansen said the funds would get lost in the Russian bureaucratic system.

In 2010 while living in Tennessee, Hansen sent her then seven-year-old adopted son back to Russia with a letter saying he was violent and she didn't want him anymore.

She was sued by her adoption agency for child support to care for the child, who is now living in a group home in a Moscow suburb.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 13.

On May 17 a judge in Bedford County, Tennessee ruled that she must begin making the child support payments in June and continue to pay until the boy, who is now 10 years old, turns 18.

Torry Hansen was told to pay a lump sum of $150,000 to the child she named Justin but later abandoned, as well as $1,000 per month until he is an adult.

Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell said the $150,000 Hansen must pay includes damages for breach of contract, legal fees and support for the boy.
Like I said when the court first ordered the payment of child support, the saga hadn't ended and the hard part was going to be execution on the order. Looks like Hansen will continue to fight to renege on her legal obligations as a parent.

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