Dean McDermott’s ex: he goes on luxury vacations but stopped paying child support

If there’s anything I learned about Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott’s relationship with money, it’s that they think the rules don’t apply to them. They owe so much money to the IRS that their bank account was seized and drained. They also are being sued by multiple credit card companies and a bank for unpaid debts. Meanwhile they regularly take lavish vacations and throw huge parties for their kids’ birthdays and post photos of it all on Instagram. Oh and of course Dean owes thousands in back child support for an 18 year-old son from his marriage who just started college. Dean hasn’t paid his debt despite multiple attempts by his ex wife (whom he was still with when he hooked up with Tori) to work out a deal with him for repayments. US Magazine has details from a new court filing by Dean’s ex, Mary Jo Eustace, stating that Dean is no longer paying support while he’s going on luxury vacations, all documented by Tori and Dean on social media.

In court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Eustace alleges that McDermott, 50, has failed to pay the money he owes, but has been publicly flaunting his lavish lifestyle. “Dean has stopped paying again. In the last six weeks he has been on two luxurious vacations, Iceland & the four seasons in Punta Mita. He resides in a $2 million estate paid by his mother-in-law, Candy Spelling, and has no impetus to work. He owes over $100,000 moving forward, and I believe he has no intention of paying,” Estace writes in the documents filed on October 10. “He bounces my son’s university rent/tuition and is delinquent in paying therapist bills, while he shops visibly and throws lavish parties for his other five children.”

[From US Magazine]

So Tori gets some of this comped through various endorsement deals and giveaways, but as I’ve said before I think a lot of that is a cover for the fact that she still spends more than she earns. Obviously Dean lets this happen and enables Tori and does it himself. His kid is in college now and his mom is scrambling to pay for his tuition and rent because Dean writes checks that bounce. The IRS drained all his accounts, of course his checks are bad.

As for how this is happening, neither Tori nor Dean will take responsibility for their own spending and they’re playing fast and loose with debt and with Tori’s mom Candy’s money. Are they going to declare bankruptcy at some point or just keep on as usual, living their extravagant life and documenting it all on Instagram?
Look at some of the pics of Tori and Dean’s trip to Iceland and imagine how much her fug jackets and sweaters must cost. She is such a piece of work and she’s shameless about her spending.


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  1. aims says:

    That’s such BS!! So he leaves his first family for this rich women who has no concept of the real world or responsibility. He then is reckless and had multiple children that they can’t afford while neglecting his first child and his obligation to him. He goes off living a life of extream privilege and is financially not supporting his son, who should’ve been his first priority. It’s total crap and if I were Mary I’d look into all my options available to make sure her son is taken care of.

    Sorry Dean, no matter how hard you try to forget you have an obligation here.

    • Amy says:

      I was especially struck by the fact that his son has therapy bills that he’s not paying. Therapy that he probably needs bc of the actions of his father.

  2. Megan says:

    I like to think there is a special place in hell for people like Dean.

    • Annetommy says:

      It is surprisingly common in the UK for fathers to ignore their responsibilities like this and go off and have a second family. There are meant to be systems in place to ensure financial support but in reality few are actually forced to pay. I don’t understand how one one could do that.

  3. Katydid20 says:

    Legitimate question, and in no way am I trying to stick up for those two losers, but can it be held against Dean that he goes on vacations with what is clearly Candys money? We know he isn’t earning anything and likely Tori isn’t either. I Legitimately don’t know anything about law and child support and whether Tori’s money can be used in determining things for Deans son

    • H says:

      Tori and Dean are married so it could be argued Tori’s money is Dean’s money. Plus, I think Candy only pays the household bills (rent, food, nannies and schools for kids), so that can’t be touched by the court. These “trips” are probably product placement ads for IG. But since Dean goes on all of those trips, if I was Mary Jo’s attorney, I would argue he’s working too and she should get half of the proceeds.

      • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

        @H: Very good point

      • Amy says:

        But what company thinks Tori Spelling is the perfect person to represent their products? Whenever I see her or her husband, all I think about is how delusional she is and what a deadbeat dad to his first child he is. Actually, to all of his kids….he doesn’t support them at all. Her mother does.

    • HelloSunshine says:

      I thought that, because they’re married, it’s their money, not hers and should be subject to being taken? Maybe I’m wrong, but in child support cases where I grew up, that was the precedent.

      • Clare says:

        I don’t buy into the her money is his money because they are married, argument. Don’t get me wrong, this guy is a POS and Tori is no gem, either. But I don’t think marriage equals a claim on your partners assets and/or earnings.

        Legally, god knows what kind of prenup they have to protect her assets/earnings, but even setting that aside, I hate to think that anything that a woman earns automatically belongs to her husband (or the other way around).

        I think even in marriage ALL people (men AND women) should have assets that are JUST theirs. Not for sharing. JUST THEIRS. Especially when your partner has a history of being a huge asshole.

      • Bridget says:

        @Clare: that’s a really dangerous road you’re heading down, and completely incorrect and ends up drastically undervaluing the contributions of stay at home and caretaker spouses. Not to mention, CA is a community property state, so marital assets would be divided in half. Now, child support is obviously different, but Dean could easily be considered to be willfully under employed.

      • magnoliarose says:


        That was how it used to be, and women who stayed home were stuck with jerks because he gave her an allowance and handled all the money. It was a big reason women became feminists.

        My husband and I share everything but separate accounts for personal spending. If we go to dinner, and he just sprung for something I pay, but if it is the opposite he does, and we aren’t petty about it. Having some things separate keeps harmony and some autonomy. He doesn’t need me going over his bills and questioning him, and I would hate that.
        With my stepchildren, I like to help not because he doesn’t or can’t but because I love them and want them to feel and know they are mine too. I guess Tory feels no obligation to him and that is shameful on her part. His son is innocent, and he is just trying to go to college.
        Dean is a pig. Who would even want a guy who would do that?

      • Angel says:

        @Clare then people shouldn’t get married, it is a legal contract that explicitly states that you are in a financial partnership. Have a commitment ceramony or a blessing but don’t sign the paperwork if you do not want to be financially bound to another person. And you still might have to deal with common law rules if there is something contentious.

    • Nicole says:

      Actually since they are married what’s hers is his. They can go after her money too. Candy is smart…she pays things directly so they won’t spend it.

      • Juls says:

        You are correct Nicole. Yes they can. My mother had her tax refund confiscated and given to her husband’s ex-wife because he owed back child support.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Not completely true. ONLY the wages made by the biological parents are considered when assessing child support. The wages of a spouse can not be used to modify or pay child support. Tax refunds that are filed jointly CAN be taken for child support, but the spouse can petition for a return of their half of the refund. The court should NOT be taking the refund of a spouse who filed individually. They can only garnish the wages of the biological parent. Source: attorney husband

      • Juls says:

        Thanks Paranormalgirl. This happened many years ago. I’m not sure how they filed, but my mother was a nurse and her husband collected Social Security. She didn’t fight it because, well, she’s just not built that way. But I take you at your word and assume you are correct.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Don’t ever assume I’m correct. LOL. But I’m pretty sure my husband might be.

      • Bridget says:

        @paranormalgirl – what about in cases such as this one, where it’s Back child support? As in, Dean at one point had the money and just chose to spend it elsewhere.

      • Sophia's Side eye says:

        What I’ve seen here in California, they can go after the spouses earnings. That is IF the parent who owes child support is unemployed or underemployed, or basically has no income to show, because the new spouse is supporting them.

        I know a woman who had her wages garnished through a court order awarded to the ex wife, for child support. The circumstances were that the father was an artist and only made money under the table, ever. So the courts went after the new wife, as she was employed full time. I guess she put up with it because she wanted to be married to this loser, who she also had kids with. It’s obviously quite rare to be able to go after the new spouses income, but I’ve seen it happen.

    • noway says:

      I’m pretty sure you can’t say the money your current wife has is the current husbands to use for child support for another child. Tori nor her mother, who is obviously supporting Tori’s family, is responsible for another kid. Dean is just a hanger on getting the benefits of being a few steps removed from wealth. I doubt Candy has put anything in their name. I think she just pays for the grandkids, rent and basic necessities. Now if they put assets not liabilities in both names you could go after that, but I don’t think they have any. I know it sucks for Mary Jo, but I don’t think you would want it any other way. I think these trips are highly leveraged, a few freebies, and the little money Tori makes on her acting, residuals, and promo crap she does. Still I would do this too, and make him work on getting his act together so she can maybe get some of what is owed.

      • HelloSunshine says:

        Very valid points! I can see why it could be problematic to assume everything is theirs and not hers. I must be remembering wrong, it wasn’t my mom and Dad but my aunt and uncle’s situation so I must be misremembering.

      • Chelle says:

        Actually, under Canadian law, the court can consider the income of the parent’s new partner to judge the parent’s actual standard of living if the parent is claiming undue hardship in order to get out of child support payments. Additionally, payments from those adults’ parents also come into play for imputing income, as was decided in two recent Ontario Court of Appeal cases.*

        (*I’m assuming that Dean’s ex-wife is filing in Ontario, since I vaguely seem to recall she lives in that province.)

      • Montréalaise says:

        Chelle – you are correct in stating that the courts can look at a parent’s standard of living to impute an income to him and determine child support, but if he is being supported entirely by his spouse or her parents, how are you going to collect that child support? You can’t garnish wages – he doesn’t have any – or seize his assets, since he doesn’t have any of those either, and since his spouse and in-laws aren’t the ones who owe the support, you can’t garnish their wages or seize their assets. BTW, Tori’s gushing comments in the Instagram pics make me think that the entire Iceland trip, including their clothes, was comped.

    • Breenn! says:

      If he has time to go on all these vacations, (regardless of whose paying for them) then he has time to get a job and take care of his first born.

  4. H says:

    Why doesn’t he work? They have nannies and Tori could do these promo trips by herself. I hope Mary Jo gets her money and Dean goes to jail.

    • Breenn! says:

      He used to host “Chopped: Canada” but allegedly Tori didn’t like him working away from home in Canada so he quit.

  5. HelloSunshine says:

    These two disgust me. They’re just so blatantly awful and disrespectful. I feel awful for Mary Jo and her son, they’re constantly on the losing end of this situation.

    Also, Tori spends all that money but her plastic surgery makes it look like her face is melting #badinvestment

  6. Veronica says:

    They’re Canadian, right? God knows how far he’d be behind in payments if this kid was attending an American college. He’s such trash.

    Tell me they did not do their kids’ hair in dreadlocks in that one pictures. *head in hands*

  7. Clare says:

    F Dean and his deadbeat act – but being real – why should a woman (or her mother) have to pay child support for her husband’s children with his ex-wife? Sorry this isn’t on Tori or Candy.

    • Alisha says:

      I agree it is not Candy’s responsibility. But as H stated above thread, an argument can maybe be made that Tori and Dean share income since they are married so therefore it is on both of them. Personally I would not want my husband to be a deadbeat and would help out were that situation mine, but I am not her. And I think Tori is broke too. She just keeps spending anyway. I feel badly for all the children involved.

      • Clare says:

        Oh, I don’t think I could live with a man who didn’t treat his children (by any woman!) with kindness and care. End off.

        BUT I disagree that her money is his money. Or that it is her responsibility to pay his bills. Especially given, as you say, she is likely broke herself.

        Basically this guy is a POS but it’s not his mother in law’s job to financially support his ex wife and son.

      • Minnieder says:

        It’s not Candy’s problem. I think the shady part is he doesn’t fuc*ing work, lives off his wife’s mother and claims poor. It’s a CHOICE to not work!!! A judge needs to give him one month to get a job and enforce it. Anyone can be a waiter!!!

      • Olive says:

        I don’t think it works like that. Only the biological parent’s income can be counted for child support, not the spouse’s income, because the spouse doesn’t have a legal obligation to the child.

      • Chelle says:

        Olive, it’s not just bio-parents. If a step parent has stepped into the shoes of a parent for the child, they can be ordered to pay child support. I highly doubt Tori Spelling is capable of being selfless or civilized enough to care for Dean’s first child though, so her and mommy’ money is likely safe. What a despicable family 🙁

    • argonaut says:

      agreed. Tori and especially Candy have no legal obligations to help support Dean’s child. That’s Dean’s obligation alone, and obviously he doesn’t give a fuck, but that’s all on him.

  8. S says:

    With the Trump crime family ensconced in the White House it’s pretty tough to challenge for the title of “The Worst,” but kudos to the Spelling-McDermott’s for really giving it that old, too-dumb-to-go-to-college try.

    • Alisha says:

      @clare I am not familiar with the laws, but when my now ex husband made a lot of debt I was still held responsible for it because we were married, so I had to contribute to the payments. It is unfortunate when that sort of thing happens, but as we were a household we shared both income and debts together.

      I do agree that Candy should not be liable and this is not her responsibility. Dean should get a job instead of relying on Tori and her mother to pay everything, and to do right by his son. I do feel that Tori doesn’t encourage him to do so, but if he refuses to pay then perhaps the judge should send him to jail.

      • argonaut says:

        child support debt is different than consumer debt. It isn’t shared between spouses like credit card or other debt is. Not really comparable here.

  9. CharlieBouquet says:

    Lock him up. Dead beat parents are POS. There are zero excuses for not paying for kids you create.

  10. kNY says:

    He looks like he smells bad – like he’s just unwashed and greasy. *barfs*

    Whenever I read something about them, I always remember how, right after he met Tori, he told his ex-wife that Tori was (can’t remember the exact phrasing) “better looking in person.” Meaning, Dean had acknowledged she was rather unattractive before meeting her. Money makes people prettier!

    • Wren says:

      Who knows, though? He could genuinely like/love her as a person. It’s amazing how little appearances matter if you really like who someone is, and the more you like them, the better they look to you.

      That said, ugh. They’re both gross.

  11. Des says:

    Those poor kids, all of them including the kid in college. Although at least that kid is in college.

  12. Juliette says:

    They are both horrible, selfish people. Tori has treated the ex and the first son lie like crap from day 1. Early in their relationship, Mary Jo had a party for a book she wrote. Somehow Tori & Dean were there & Tori tried to have MJ removed from said party because she felt uncomfortable. Seriously. Being asked to leave a party in your honour because the woman your husband cheated with is uncomfortable.

    They are both useless and gross.

  13. Nicole says:

    These two are disgusting and vile. His poor son deserves better than the POS dad he was given

  14. Zapp Brannigan says:

    I read when the IRS drained Dean and Tori’s accounts they also raided the son’s account because it was linked to their joint account, so his summer job money for college was gone before he even started college. There is no excuse for this pair of grifters.

    • Tiffany says:

      Wow. I remember when I had a summer job that was paying good money before I left for school and my mother took me to open a checking account. But I was 18 so there was no need for a joint account.

      Grifter is right and if I was Jack I would have taken Deadbeat to court and then never speak to him again. Me and my mother have had our issues but I thank heaven that she never did anything like take my money.

    • magnoliarose says:

      OMG. You can’t be serious. I hate them. Throw them on the pile with the other deplorables.

  15. T says:

    I continue to be disgusted by these 2 that they forever forget that Dean’s son from his first marriage seems to exist. Shame on Dean for not honoring his financial responsibility and shame on both of them for not honoring this young man’s place in their family unit.

  16. Sassback says:

    I think a lot of you are not seeing the ex-wife’s point- you think she means that the money from the IG trips and fashion promotions should go to the kid-I guess a case could be made for that, but I think most of the payment to Tori and Dean is the free vacation itself with a stipend, not necessarily some pay day they get from it.
    The ex-wife’s argument is clearly that he has the time to earn money and doesn’t. He’s not disabled, he’s just laying about getting free stuff, nothing is preventing him from working, he just won’t and the lavish life he leads just spits in the face of the child he neglected.

    • Breenn! says:

      The fact that he knows he owes that much in child support and goes on these vacations and posts pictures of him and Tori having a great time, that makes him and Tori complete assholes. If ya got time to go hang out in Iceland and Mexico than ya got time to get a job. He should be working towards paying the money back that was in his son’s bank account that the IRS also seized since it was linked to Tori and Dean’s account.

  17. minxx says:

    This coat! My eyes!

  18. Kat says:

    I am owed by my ex who works for a federal contractor, who’s lowest paid employee makes $38.00 an hr + benefits., over $100,000. I have a garnishment against them which the federal contractor ignores, Ex is the SR, Project Manager making a good 6 figures. I am 64, disabled. I owned the house before I married him. Right now, I have no income, he pays $700.00 a month for a few months ( which is half of what he is supposed to pay) and then stops. Then SSI/SSA takes 2 months to restart leaving me with no income for 2 months. This has been going on for 8 years. It takes a toll on your body and mental condition. We were married for 19 years. He is classic narcissist. Trump is another,although Trump is more toxic and in your face. Dean & Tori are also good examples. We as women need to expose these stories along with the Weinstein crap. Laws need to change and won’t unless we stick together.

    • Escaped Convent says:

      Kat, the situation you’ve described is unconscionable. Imagine making six figures, and not honoring a garnishment. It’s terrible and he should be ashamed of himself. But narcissists never are, because they don’t think they’re wrong, ever.

      I hope you can get some advice from an attorney who specializes in this, because I’m wondering if there is some way a court decision could make him at least deal with the wage garnishment. I wish you good luck, Kat.

    • Minnieder says:

      I feel for you Kat! My ex wants to discontinue paying child support for OUR son, and hides 50% of his income from the IRS by working under the table. He also has $100,000 in unreported cash!!!! Yet wants no financial responsibility regarding the care of our child. He’s a POS just like your ex!!!

    • Escaped Convent says:

      Kat, I just had another thought pop into my head. I hope I’m not being too nosy, commenting on your situation. But wouldn’t it be at least contempt of court—-what your husband’s employer is doing, ignoring the wage garnishment? The federal contractor is responsible for cooperating with that garnishment. Maybe I’m way off base, but I just wonder about this. They might get into some real trouble over it. Courts don’t like contempt. 😒

  19. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    Did anyone else find the caption on her post especially disgusting? Living a fearless, smart, and thoughtfully cautious life? WTF? Were you being cautious and thoughtful when you wasted all your money and had 5 kids that you can’t afford? (I know that people have large families on tight money all the time, but those people also make a freaking effort to actually be careful and responsible with their finances.)

  20. paranormalgirl says:

    I can’t with these two. Get a job and take care of your responsibilities.

    • jugil1 says:

      Yes these two people are pathetic. Enough with the vacations & take care of your parental obligations. They both make me sick.

    • Tiffany says:

      What happened with his gig from Chopped Canada. That seemed like a easy one to have. Go film for a few weeks and get some easy money. I remember from their trainwreck of a Lifetime show that he turned down a renewal contract for some reason of another. That was stupid, stupid, stupid on both their parts.

      And she needs to sell of her storage rooms. ASAP.

      • H says:

        He resigned from Chopped Canada as he had an affair with someone associated with the show. It was a part of their reality show when T&D were going to counseling.

      • Olive says:

        he supposedly had an affair, but rumor is the affair and the woman in question were made up

  21. RBC says:

    I am just waiting for a pregnancy announcement. More children means more money from the “Bank of Spelling”.
    Considering Tori is in her 40’s that window is closing fast.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yes it will happen. She told US Weekly she wants a “brady bunch” count.

      • RBC says:

        Watch her announce she is expecting twins. If there is a way these two can make it happen, they will find it

  22. HK9 says:

    I’m fully embarrassed that this guy is from Toronto. While I’m pretty sure most of these vacays & parties are sponsored by others, he needs to get a job and pay for his responsibilities. This is just ridiculous now.

  23. Megan says:

    Why do people have to make this about Trump?

    These 2 are awful – I can’t imagine being married to someone who thinks its okay to neglect your parental responsibilities to your other children. He is scum, and she is married to scum.

  24. Izzy says:

    WTF. The judge should throw his lazy ass in jail. He’s clearly in contempt for violating the support order, and clearly doesn’t have a job to show up to, so let him earn a little money in prison labor – and garnish THAT right back for support payments.

  25. Hunter says:

    I feel for her (the wife). HW and honestly, the world in general, is so topsy turvy, imbalanced, upside down and unfair. It’s really true. I’ve always told my kids that life is not fair. It’s so friggin true. (Apologies, I’m just now reading the posts today, and admittedly, I’m off work and opened a bottle of wine very early, so I’m sorry in advance for any stupid comments). And on that note, I’m making it my goal to comment on every single post today. No matter how stupid – the comment, not the post). 🙂

  26. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I cannot fathom how they both know that Dean owes over $100k in back child support and they have the audacity to not only travel lavishly but then advertise it on social media. Are they f*****g stupid?? The same thing with $40,000 baby showers. Why in the hell is Tori still having baby showers thrown for her? Jesus. Have everyone make a donation to a charity and call it a day in lieu of a shower. It’s gross. She’s on her 5th kid. Does everyone still need to get together to congratulate Tori on ANOTHER kid when her husband can’t even pay for his first? Candy should be ashamed as well for even throwing these baby showers for her. Same thing with birthday parties, anniversaries and whatever the hell else they celebrate. Why any woman would want to be with a man who doesn’t take care of his prior responsibilities is lost on me. And what’s even worse is that Tori acts like she won some prize with Dean. I hope Mary Jo doesn’t fall for his excuses and promises again. Maybe Dean can ask Candy for a loan.

  27. Breenn! says:

    Dean had a job hosting ” Chopped: Canada” and Tori made him quit because she was afraid he would cheat while on location filming. The irony in the fact she met her husband while he was married and had no problem sleeping with him on the first nite, yet now she lives in a constant state of worry that he will do the same to her is great karma. Since she doesn’t want him working away from her she should figure out how to get Mary Jo paid what is owed to her.

  28. holly hobby says:

    Ugh those 2! The Deaner looks like he needs a good long bath he just looks like he smells. Those poor kids are so unhappy in the pictures.

    • jjva says:

      I came here to say this about the kids too. Maybe there are lots of moments where they’re laughing and having a great time but in all the pap shots they always look so miserable and older than they should have to be.

  29. thaliasghost says:

    So, I don’t get this? When I’m in debt and can’t pay usually that debt travels to my family members. Why is this not happening?

  30. JRenee says:

    I thought it didn’t pan out on chopped so they releases him.
    I doubt those 2 are paying for luxury vacations. They are either placement or pre paid.
    Dude is woefully under employed, enabling his spend addicted wife and lapping it up. He wants a celebrity life and can go get a regular non entertainment job to support his kids but he’d miss out on events and traveling.

  31. CamPel says:

    I bet if he had to spend a night in jail, him and Tori could come up with the money he owes real quick. Maybe that’s what needs to happen. He needs a reality check.

  32. Bahare says:

    This disgusts me. My ex was making plenty of money and had an additional apartment and plenty of time to do things with his girlfriend. He was court ordered by the judge in divorce court to pay child support and show records to verify increases in salary. Still had to chase this a hole around and beg him to at least show up for visitation and pay a minimal amount which did not reflect his income. That was almost 30 years ago and our son is grown but I know it still hurts him especially when he says he has 3 children (the next wife) not four.

    As for this slime Dean – My husband is 6r years old and done skilled manuel labor all his life. Dean should apply to Mcdonalds as they are always hiring.

  33. Icantremembermyusername says:

    Tori’s breast’s look absolutely hideous.

    And you, sir, are a piece of shit. You need to be JAILED. That is the only thing that will get your attention. Shame on you.

  34. blonde555 says:

    Completely off topic, but Dean sure has a big ‘ol drinkers nose!

  35. jana says:

    I sincerely hope that he gets jail time over this…there shouldn’t be a double standard for the “wealthy” dead beat dads, and to be honest, support should never be any further behind than any creditor would allow. 30 days max.

  36. Sonia says:

    I sincerely hope he has to go to jail. Not a one or two day stint either.