Judge Declines to Reduce Farmer's Child Support

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer's request to have his child support payments reduced has been rejected, after a judge found he is "voluntarily underemployed."

Franklin County Judge Squire Williams declined Friday to lower the $1,227-a-month payments Farmer must pay for three sons, but said the former University of Kentucky basketball star won't have to pay the money for two months while he recovers from surgery.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Williams said he couldn't conclude that Farmer has been diligent about finding regular work since January.

Farmer had asked the payments be reduced because of hip replacement surgery, and because they were based on his $110,000 annual salary. Farmer's term ended in December, and he ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor.

Attorneys for Farmer and his former wife, Rebecca Farmer, couldn't be reached for comment.

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