WASHINGTON--Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) announced Thursday--in a joint statement with his ex-wife Laura-- that the issues surrounding her child support claims have been worked out and a lawsuit she filed was dismissed. Walsh will hold a press conference in Chicago later today to discuss the case--which he needed to get behind him as he battles Democratic House hopeful Tammy Duckworth for the eighth congressional district northwest suburban seat.
The agreed order dismissing the case between Walsh and his former wife Laura was entered by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mark Lopez.
Chicago Sun-Times political writer Abdon M. Pallasch disclosed last year that Walsh's former wife accused him in a 2010 lawsuit of failing to pay more than $117,000 in child support.
PDF of order FINAL_AO.4.19.12.pdf
The order uses Walsh's full name, William Joseph Walsh.
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Child Support Case Against Walsh Dismissed
Joe and Laura Walsh release Joint Statement
Joe and Laura Walsh have resolved their child support dispute and have agreed to dismiss all pending matters.
They have issued the following statement: "We both regret this public misunderstanding and the effect it has had on our children. Like many families, we have had our share of issues and made our share of mistakes over the years. Having resolved these issues together and cleared up these mistakes in private, we now agree that Joe is not and was not a "deadbeat dad" and does not owe child support. We both have been loving and devoted parents to our children, ages 24, 21, and 17, and are happy to avoid a public legal fight hurtful to our entire family and look forward to caring for our children in private."