Preston Clark was on the phone with his ex-wife on March 4, 2017.
The two had been arguing about child support, and Clark was upset that his ex would pay less than his partner.
The call went unreturned.
But a few hours later, he was called by his ex’s lawyer.
She had come to the courthouse to take Clark’s son away.
A woman from the law firm of Clark’s former partner, Amanda Wicks, walked in, and the two men hugged.
“I was like, ‘How are you doing?'”
Wicks told BuzzFeed News.
“He was like: ‘I’m fine.'”
When Clark’s ex called him back, she told him that he owed $100,000.
It was a shock to Clark, who had been on a downward spiral for years.
In August, he filed a civil lawsuit against Wicks.
In December, Clark was awarded $50,000, plus interest.
Now, the judge in Clark’s civil lawsuit is looking to add another $100 million to the case.
A former coworker of Wicks’ says that when Wicks was fired, she took her son, Jordan, with her.
Wicks had told the judge that Clark had asked her to give him up for adoption.
Wills lawyer says the reason the child was adopted is because of Clark.
“The reason the adoption was granted was because of the ex-partner’s financial need and the fact that he needed Jordan,” said Michael Kowalski, Wicks’s lawyer in the Clark civil lawsuit.
Wows and Clark had been married for nearly two years.
But Wicks left him in July 2016, when Clark began to have financial difficulties.
She and Clark became estranged after he filed for bankruptcy and left her to raise their son alone.
Wives lawyer says Wicks knew that Clark would need to leave his family.
“She knew he would be in debt, so she took his son,” Kowieski said.
Clark’s attorney, Mark Zweig, says Wills took the money to pay for her son’s care and to help pay for child support.
Clark was given the option to get the money back if he was unable to pay.
“This is a case that is going after a woman for her own financial convenience,” Zweigs lawyer said.
The money Wicks gave Clark was part of an arrangement that was set up to help him pay for his son’s education and housing costs.
Wishes ex told the court that Clark needed the money for Jordan.
But Clark’s lawyer said Wicks never paid the child support and never agreed to do so.
Zweigers lawyer said that when Clark was in the courtroom, Wives had told him, “Jordan’s best interest is our child.”
The judge asked Clark to show that she had never agreed or agreed to pay any child support when she made the agreement.
“Why didn’t you do this?
She testified that Clark told her the amount was $100 a month, and that she never said no. “
Clark’s wife, Jessica, testified that Wicks said she had no choice but to pay because she needed money.
Wiles lawyers told the jury that Wills was under an obligation to her son. “
My understanding was, she was in a financial bind because she had children, and she was trying to do what she had to do to get money to be able to feed her family,” Jessica Clark said.
Wiles lawyers told the jury that Wills was under an obligation to her son.
She was also obligated to pay child support to her ex-husband, Zweifors lawyers said.
But the judge was skeptical of Wives statements.
“You can’t just say you did it because you were under an agreement,” the judge said.
When Wicks finally told Clark that she owed him $100.000, he told the lawyer, “I don’t owe you.”
Zweilig said that Clark has a good financial situation, but that he had no idea that Wives was getting the money.
“It’s clear to me from the testimony that you were not under an actual, legally binding agreement,” Zwifors lawyer said at the trial.
“If you were, you would have paid the amount.”
After the trial, Clark’s lawyers told BuzzFeed that Clark is owed about $200,000 and was working on getting it back.
“Preston’s family and friends are still waiting for the money,” Kwiatz said.
“What’s going to happen is the court will have to decide what, if anything, is in the best interest of the children.”
In a statement, Wix, the parent of the boy Clark adopted, said he is grateful that he was able to keep his son.
“We are very thankful to our community and the courts for providing a loving environment where we can raise Jordan,” he said.
For Wix’s son