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Oscar-nominated actor claims he cannot pay spousal support

Film fans in Virginia might find this story about Terrence Howard's alimony arrangements interesting. According to reports, the actor recently signed a divorce agreement that included language obligating him to pay spousal support in the amount of $325,000 to his second wife. The couple was only married for approximately one year before they filed for divorce. Reports suggest that the end of the relationship might have been influenced by allegations of domestic violence.

Now, he claims that he is unable to meet the payments because his first wife receives all of the money he earns directly and then gives him a monthly check. He also stated that the amount of that monthly check is only $5,878, and that extortion and blackmail were used to force him into signing that agreement even though he knew that he would not be able to afford to pay that amount.

Howard was married to his first wife for 14 years, and they have three children. Their oldest daughter is grown up and a mother herself now, but the youngest son and daughter's support is covered by the funds their mother receives directly each month for spousal support and child support. Once their collective expenses are covered, she then pays Howard.

When people go through a divorce, spousal support can be an issue that might be contested by both parties. As Howard's case shows, such arrangements can have large financial impacts on an individual's future. A family law attorney could help anyone who is contemplating or already involved in a divorce during negotiations regarding such issues and might work to protect a client's rights throughout proceedings.

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

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