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Cooper, in-laws agree to suspend child support

Posted June 1, 2009 6:50 p.m. EDT

Attorneys for Brad Cooper and his in-laws went to court Monday to legally suspend his obligation to pay child support.

Cooper is being held in the Wake County jail under a $2 million bond for the death of his wife, Nancy, last July.

Nancy Cooper's parents and sister were awarded permanent custody of the couple's two daughters May 15.

The children are living in Canada with their grandparents and aunt, and Brad Cooper asked the court last month to keep in place the temporary order until after his criminal trial, saying it would be in the best interest of the children.

Deborah Sandlin, who represents Brad Cooper, said her client felt like it was the right thing to do at the time for "the consistency of the girls' care."

The parties agreed Monday that Cooper should not be required to pay child support while he is in jail and has no source of income.

A judge granted a temporary restraining order in November that prohibits Cooper from selling any of his possessions or liquidating any of his assets.