Nevada fans of Terrence Howard may be surprised to learn of the actor's recent spousal support woes. He was ordered to pay $325,000 in support to his most recent ex-wife, to whom he was married for only one year. However, Howard argues that he is unable to pay the amount despite his earnings from several major blockbuster films. Howard claims that his paychecks go directly to his first ex-wife, to whom he was married for 14 years. The two had three children together, and the paycheck goes toward spousal support and child support. His ex-wife then allegedly writes a monthly check for about $6,000 to Howard, and he lives off that money.
The $325,000 in support stems from a divorce settlement agreement that the actor entered into with his second ex-wife. He claims that he was blackmailed and extorted into agreeing to pay that much, and that he was aware of his inability to pay at the time of signing. He has asked a judge to throw out the agreement, but the matter has not yet been resolved.
Spousal support isn't the only legal issue surrounding Howard's divorce. His second ex-wife claimed he physically abused her, and Howard has agreed to remain 300 yards away from her for three years. He also agreed to pay her nearly $15,000 in court costs, but in a way that did not admit any liability.
For those who are facing complications in their divorce proceedings, it may be helpful to talk to a lawyer about resolving problems with spousal support and other issues. The lawyer may be able to negotiate and prepare a comprehensive settlement agreement that addresses these matters.
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