Connecticut couples who are planning to get divorced may want to pay close attention to what is going on in the proceedings involving the motion picture actor Terrence Howard. Howard asked a judge to throw out the divorce settlement with his ex-wife because he doesn't have the money to pay $135,000 in spousal support. Though Howard has starred in numerous films and even been nominated for an Oscar, he claims he lives on less than $6,000 a month.
According to reports, Howard claims he gives all of his money to his first wife. She pays her expenses and those of the couple's two minor children and then sends him a monthly check for approximately $6,000. Howard and his first wife were married for 14 years. They had three children together.
Howard agreed to stay at least 300 yards away from his most recent ex-wife when he agreed to an order of protection after she accused him of domestic violence. He was also ordered to pay her attorney's fees. Howard was accused of punching and kicking her but he did not admit liability when he agreed to the protection order.
Those who expect to have a complicated high asset divorce should consult an attorney as early as possible for legal advice and guidance. An attorney may help a client get their fair share of the marital assets while ensuring they get to keep their separate property out of the divorce settlement. Issues of alimony and child support may be negotiated to help a client get the money they need to take care of themselves and their children after the divorce is finalized.
Source: Daily News, "Terrence Howard says he can't afford spousal support for ex-wife, only makes $6,000 a month: report ", Zayda Rivera, July 28, 2014