Despite showing some hostility on last week’s episode of Teen Mom 2, exes Kail Lowry and Jo Rivera have since put aside their differences and are in a good place.
In a new interview with In Touch Weekly, Kail and Jo said they were able to get past their rough patch involving custody and child support disagreements for their son Isaac, and Kail credits Jo’s wife Vee for making it happen.
On last week’s episode, viewers saw Kail get hit with paperwork requesting that she pay Jo child support (as well as back child support), despite Kail claiming she and Jo each had 50/50 custody of Isaac. After learning that Jo decided to get the court involved, she allegedly lashed out at Jo via text… especially when she and her lawyer began to look at the worst case scenario.
As The Ashley previously told you, the state of Delaware (where Kail and Jo live) uses the Melson Formula to calculate child support payments, which factors in an individual’s income when determining payments.
“I was angry, partially at myself, because I didn’t drop it right away,” she told In Touch. “But also because when I offered to pay him back the amount he’s paid in child support he agreed … but then never came back and said, ‘Here is the amount I came up with $x.’”
Kail went on to say that Jo also failed to give her a heads up about his filing for child support, which she said felt “sneaky.”
Kail told In Touch that things between she and Jo are good now—thanks in large part to Vee and her ability to help the two see eye-to-eye.
“If it wasn’t for her, things would be a lot different,” she said. “I can’t speak for her, but I know she saw both sides and ultimately wanted what’s best for Isaac and for all of our relationships, really.”
“It’s hard to watch the show back right now because we feel like we need to defend ourselves but we are all good again,” she added.
Part of the exes getting to an “all good” place involved Kail paying Jo back for the full year of child support, as he had requested.
FYI I paid jo back a years worth of child support
— Kailyn Lowry (@KailLowry) February 26, 2019
“I paid him back for the full year,” she said. “Wrote him a check for whatever he paid while we had 50/50. I paid it in full. Custody never changed.”
Kail also agreed to take over insurance responsibilities for Isaac, Jo told In Touch.
“In the end, I asked for her to drop my child support payments and refund a portion of it as well as cover his health insurance from here on out,” Jo said. “In exchange, she didn’t have to reveal her income or do child support calculations, she was relieved of any arrears she would have had to pay and we all got to move on.”
Yes! We fcame to an agreement that works for both of us and I finally have this huge weight off my shoulders after 8 years @KailLowry we got through it
— Jo Rivera (@NerdIn_aCoolKid) February 24, 2019
The child support battle is still currently playing out on ‘Teen Mom 2,’ however. The settlement must have happened within the last few weeks, as Jo was still upset (and posting on Twitter) about the child support battle in mid-January. (Much of this footage that is playing out now was filmed during this time.)
As The Ashley previously reported, Jo (as well as the rest of the original dads who started on the show) make the same amount as the original moms per episode. (Basically, if Jo appears in an episode, he is paid his episodic rate, regardless of how long he is in the episode.) The “original” dads make much more than the “add-on” dads, who came into the series after 16 and Pregnant (i.e. Javi Marroquin, Jeremy Calvert, etc.)
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Still, the original moms make more, because they most likely appear in more episodes than the dads. Kail’s income from her side projects outside of ‘Teen Mom 2’ also bring a substantial amount of income, which Jo pointed out during the recent episode.
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