Mary Jo Eustace claimed she came out on top after challenging ex-husband Dean McDermott in court on Thursday, March 9.
The Canadian actress filed a contempt of court charge against McDermott for allegedly missing spousal support payments. “I filed the paperwork myself for the contempt of court,” she told Us. Eustace, who represented herself in court, continued by saying “the judge was very clear that it’s a criminal charge; contempt of court is jail time.”
The former “What’s for Dinner?” host married McDermott in July 1993, but the two divorced almost 13 years later in February 2006 following McDermott’s affair with Tori Spelling. The now 50-year-old McDermott married Spelling less than three months after his divorce.
Eustace, 54, claimed her fellow Toronto-native owes her “over $100,000. He just stopped paying two years ago for our original support, and he didn’t pay child support.” She said the two renegotiated terms in September 2015, but she stopped receiving payments in October.
The ex-couple have one son together, 18-year-old Jack, who spent the better part of last year living with McDermott, Spelling and their four children. “It has been hard on my son, too, seeing all those children have so much,” Eustace confessed. “It’s been hard, and Jack has been so gracious about it.” Jack now lives with his mother in Los Angeles.
McDermott has been dealing with uncertain financial situations, but Eustace said she and her ex-husband were able to workout a payment plan with help from the presiding judge outside the courtroom. “I think that it’s an absolute win,” she exclaimed.
Despite the legal battle, Eustace bears no ill will towards McDermott. “This wasn’t vengeful,” she assured. “I don’t like seeing the father of my son in that situation, so I wish him the best moving forward and being able to take care of his family. This was just really standing up for myself and my family.”