Hunter Biden is asking a judge to recalculate her child support payments for an Arkansas woman, citing “a significant change” in her “financial situation, including, but not limited to, her income.”
As a result, the current calculation of child support “does not comply with ‘Revised Administrative Order 10,'” he alleged, referring to state child support guidelines. .
Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, filed his motion to reset child support Monday in Independence County, where the original paternity action originated and where the child and his mother, Lunden Roberts, reside.
Brent M. Langdon, Biden’s attorney in Texarkana, Texas, signed the document. He did not respond to a request for comment left in his office late Tuesday afternoon.
The order setting out Biden’s existing child support obligations was filed under seal in Independence County on March 12, 2020, in the midst of that year’s presidential primaries.
Arkansas child support guidelines were changed less than four months later; Joe Biden would win the Democratic nomination and, ultimately, the presidency.
In an interview Tuesday, Roberts’ attorney Clint Lancaster expressed skepticism about Biden’s latest portrayals.
“Ultimately, this is going to force us to take a deep, deeper look at Hunter’s finances,” Lancaster said. “I’m going to want to have a deposition with Mr. Biden. Like last time, I’m going to bring my forensic accountant to the deposition unless the judge tells me I can’t.”
When asked where the depositions would take place, Lancaster replied, “Unless he pays me to fly to California to take his deposition, he’ll have to come to Arkansas.”
In the past, Biden has presented himself as strapped for cash, telling the court in a November 2019 affidavit, “I have been unemployed and have had no monthly income since May 2019.”
At the time, Biden said he also had “significant debts,” due in part to obligations stemming from a divorce.
A New York Times article soon after described Biden as living in a $12,000-a-month rental in Los Angeles with a swimming pool and a Porsche Panamera in the driveway.
In December 2020, Biden said the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware was investigating him for tax-related matters, saying he was confident that “a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I have managed my business lawfully and properly, including with the benefit of professional tax advisers.”
Roberts testified before the federal grand jury in Delaware about Biden’s finances, Lancaster said.
Shortly after his father’s inauguration, Biden had a memoir released, titled “Beautiful Things,” describing his struggles as an alcoholic and drug addict and his efforts to sober up and start over.
He also mentioned the “solid compensation” he had received from a Ukrainian gas company, describing it as “a major catalyst during my steepest slide into addiction”.
An analysis by NBC News found Hunter Biden and his company earned around $11 million between 2013 and 2018, much of it from foreign sources. His father was vice-president between 2009 and 2017.
Hunter Biden met Arkansas State University graduate Roberts after moving to Washington to take classes at George Washington University.
Their child was born in August 2018.
After initially denying he was the father of their baby, referred to in court documents by his initials, NJR, Biden eventually agreed to take a paternity test.
He established, “with near scientific certainty,” that Biden was the baby’s father, Circuit Judge Holly Meyer later noted.
In “Beautiful Things,” Biden said he “had no memory of us meeting,” suggesting that his substance use interfered with his memory.
On Tuesday, Lancaster said Biden’s daughter, now 4, was thriving.
“She’s a beautiful, healthy, happy baby girl who looks like a cross between her mother and some splattered Biden,” he said. “[She] is doing extremely well, except that her father has nothing to do with her and her grandfather has nothing to do with her. She’s never met either of them.”
[WEDNESDAY UPDATE: In a written statement sent to the Democrat-Gazette Wednesday, Biden’s attorney noted the change in the formula for calculating child support. The motion does not list specific information about Biden’s income or assets.
“Effective July 1, 2020, the Arkansas legislature reformed the child support statutory guidelines which apply to this case. Like many other individuals whose child support obligations were calculated before the new guidelines took effect, Mr. Biden has asked the Court to review the existing child support determination and to establish an amount of child support that complies with the current guidelines and circumstances,” Langdon said in a written statement.]