By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT — A judge did not make an immediate decision Thursday morning in former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s request to lower child support payment for his three sons after nearly an hour-long hearing.
Franklin Family Court Judge Squire Williams said he would take the issue “under advisement” and enter an order as soon as possible.
Both Farmer, who used a walker after undergoing hip replacement surgery Aug. 30, and his former wife, Rebecca Ann Farmer, testified at the hearing. She filed for divorce in April 2011, and it was finalized in July.
Farmer is asking the court to reduce his $1,227 a month payment to support their children.
He testified that he was not able to find a job since his term as agriculture commissioner ended in January because of his health and an ongoing investigation by the attorney general’s office of his tenure as state farm chief.
She testified that Farmer had a financial plan in place while running for lieutenant governor last year should he lose the election but the plan never materialized.
Farmer ran on an unsuccessful ticket last year with Republican gubernatorial nominee David Williams, president of the Kentucky Senate.
Rebecca Farmer did not identify the plan during her testimony and declined to comment to reporters after the hearing.
Williams said through a spokeswoman that he was not aware of any financial plan Richie Farmer might have had.