Herenton child support case not going to court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Herenton child support case not going to court

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The mother of former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's five-year-old son did not request an injunction Wednesday in an ongoing child support dispute.

Claudine Marsh had been scheduled to approach Juvenile Court to request an injunction against Herenton in a dispute over child support money. Marsh claimed last month the former mayor is not providing proper financial support for his son. But after talking to attorneys for former Mayor Willie Herenton, Marsh's attorneys are now saying they hope to settle the case out of court.

In an interview Wednesday with Action News 5, Herenton's attorney, Mitch Moskovitz, explained that the former mayor had already rolled over a significant portion of his pension in a retirement account and named his 5-year-old son Michael as beneficiary.

Moskovitz said the former Memphis Mayor has prepared a solid financial future for the son he had out of wedlock with Claudine Marsh.  
 
"It's a rarity where you see an individual pre pay $2,100 a month 90 days prematurely and he's done that," Moskovitz said.

This week, Marsh spoke for the first time since filing a petition against the father of her son.

"He always told me he would take care of me and I had nothing to worry about," she said in an interview Tuesday.

Moskovitz says Marsh and her attorney should have had all the facts before going public with false accusations. 

"All they had to do was pick up the phone and call me," he said.

In a response filed Wednesday, Moskovitz explained that the former mayor had already put part of his pension into a retirement fund naming his son Michael as beneficiary. 

Later, Marsh's attorney called off a juvenile court hearing, and issued a statement saying, "According to the attorneys for Dr. Herenton, documentation showing that he has recently set aside adequate funds for his son Michael will be provided this afternoon. "

"From the time they asked to the time we provided it, was probably interestingly, less than an hour," Moskovitz said.

Moskovitz added that Herenton is doing more than for his son financially than the law requires. 

A court date in the case is scheduled for November, but both sides are hopeful an out of court settlement can be reached before then.

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