Jesse Williams & Ex-Wife Ordered to Undergo ‘High Conflict’ Parenting Classes

Jesse Williams and ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee continue to battle it out in court regarding the custody and visitation of their two children.

On Monday, TMZ reported that a judge has ordered the former couple to participate in an online program for “high conflict parents” after they tried but failed to modify previous court orders.

The outlet describes these classes as a six-session online program that provides strategies for reducing conflicts in co-parenting relationships.

Last October, People reported that the “Grey’s Anatomy” star and the real estate broker have finalized their divorce after they were deemed legally single by a Los Angeles County judge.

The magazine said the two agreed to share joint legal and physical custody of daughter Sadie and son Maceo but must communicate before posting pictures of their children on social media.

At the time, People wrote that under their agreement — initially reached in September 2019 — Williams must pay Drake-Lee $40,000 a month in child support, as well as over $100,000 in two upcoming spousal support payments.

However, Williams got to pocket the money he earned from his hit ABC show after their date of separation, listed as April 11, 2017.

While his other earnings were split, Drake-Lee kept their Los Angeles house. Additionally, the two kept their respective vehicles.

After Williams filed for divorce from Drake-Lee in April 2017, the two have had a tumultuous legal battle regarding child and spousal support. In August 2018, Williams filed a notice of appeal in an attempt to lower his child support payments.

In May 2019, Drake-Lee spoke to People, revealing the emotional impact that the divorce has had on her and Williams’ children.

“When you start spinning, the children start spinning, so even if you’re looking at them and you’re telling them everything is fine, they know it’s not fine because they can feel it’s not fine,” she told the outlet.

“I talk to them on their level,” she continued. “It’s also okay for the children to see me crying, to see that I’m having a hard day today. Because that lets them know that when they have those hard days, there’s also room for that.”

The two tied the knot in September 2012.


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