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Spousal support not always fair

Being famous in Texas doesn't always mean you are rich, and success doesn't always bring a lot of assets you can call your own. Incredibly, one famous Hollywood actor, Terrence Howard, has all his money sent to his first ex-wife with whom he spent 14 years. According to Howard, she then gives him a relatively small allowance from it. This apparently worked out fine until the star married for a second time.

The 45-year-old actor played parts in movies like "The Butler" and "Iron Man." He married his first wife, and they had three children. Two of them are minors; one is over 18 and a mother of a child herself.

When they divorced, Howard agreed that any money he made would go to her and she would pay him $5,878 per month after she paid all her bills and expenses. Now, however, his second ex-wife is asking for $325,000 in spousal support. It was outlined in the divorce settlement they wrote.

Howard is requesting that the court set aside the decision for the large payout because their marriage only lasted a year. He goes on to say that he feels extorted and blackmailed because when he signed the divorce decree, his ex-wife coerced him.

He has been ordered to stay away from his second ex-wife. Last September he agreed to stay at least 300 feet away from her at all times for the next three years. He allegedly sucker-punched and kicked her, leading to the court order to keep them separate from each other.

If you are facing a situation of spousal support, there are always things that can be done to attempt a positive outcome for you. Texas is a no-fault state, but that doesn't mean that there will not be alimony. You may want to contact a professional who can assist you in this matter.

Source: New York Daily News, "Terrence Howard says he can't afford spousal support for ex-wife, only makes $6,000 a month: report" Zayda Rivera, Jul. 28, 2014

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