U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) has said that he didn’t pay child support to his ex-wife because he had reached a “verbal agreement” with the woman three years ago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Laura Walsh had claimed that her ex-husband owed her money for child support payments and interest, and took the case to court despite attempts by the politician to strike a deal, according to the newspaper.

Walsh claimed that he didn’t have any money during the time of his campaign, and due to the significant earnings that his wife was receiving, they had entered into a verbal agreement about the child support payments.

“He reasonably relied on Laura’s representations and conduct, to his detriment,” the court filing says about the attempt by Walsh to avoid making the verbal agreement official.

Walsh claimed that both parties were tired of making court appearances and a verbal agreement would alleviate some of the stress of the process.

The Associated Press reported that Walsh pays more than $2,000 a month in child support.

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