According to a court notice filed last week, Georgia Democratic senator Raphael Warnock’s ex-wife sought a judge to summon Warnock in to face questioning from her counsel as part of their bitter child custody dispute.
The petition is the first hint of activity in the case since the judge issued a secret interim custody order in August, indicating that the quarrel has not been addressed outside of court.
Oulèye Ndoye, Warnock’s ex-wife, has repeatedly accused him in court records of failing to visit his children on his custody days and leaving her financially strained due to consistently unpaid child care fees.
In a closed-door deposition, Ndoye’s attorneys are now set to question Warnock under oath about these problems.
Warnock’s rough divorce and custody battle have been continually campaign problems for him.
Republican political assaults highlighted allegations of mistreatment, and Republican rival Herschel Walker launched commercials utilizing police tape of Ndoye accused Warnock of striking her with his Tesla, an accusation the senator rejected.
The fresh filing might reignite interest in Warnock’s tangled legal saga ahead of the upcoming Dec. 6 runoff.
In June, Warnock requested that the whole case be sealed due to the potential scrutiny it would cause ahead of his re-election campaign.
Ndoye went to court in February to renegotiate their custody arrangement, requesting that their two young children be relocated to Massachusetts while she attends a program at Harvard and that Warnock provide more financial assistance.
After four years of marriage, Warnock and his now ex-wife divorced in 2020.
Outside income for Warnock includes a $7,400-per-month living allowance from Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he is CEO and senior pastor. This housing allowance is reportedly exempt from income taxes.