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Treasurer Dillon: Court is wrong about child support payments

DillonState Treasurer Andy Dillon is fighting a court’s contention that he has failed to pay alimony and child support payments of more than $5,000.

Wayne County Judge Susan Hubbard informed Dillon on July 2 that his paycheck would be withheld because of delinquent payments that soon could reach $10,000. But Dillon’s attorney, James Harrington, told us today that he believes the court made an error.

“There is confusion at the Friend of the Court,” Harrington said. “I am working with them to resolve this.”

Harrington said Dillon was not supposed to begin making alimony and child support payments until his ex-wife, Carol Owen-Dillon, moved out of their Redford home – and that hasn’t happened yet.

Carol Owen-Dillon remembers it differently.

“We’ve been trying to get him to pay since March because he knows we can’t leave without spousal and child support,” Owen-Dillon told me.

Whatever the case, the legal entanglement is the latest distraction in Dillon’s personal life. Earlier this year, Dillon briefly checked into an addiction-treatment center for substance abuse problems.

The distractions come at an unfortunate time. Under the state’s emergency manager law, Dillon has unprecedented influence over financially struggling cities and school districts.  In the past three years, Dillon has declared financial emergencies in Hamtramck, Detroit, Allen Park, Inkster, Detroit Public Schools, Highland Park School District and Muskegon Heights School District.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.