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Actor tells California court he can't make alimony payments

Terrence Howard, known to movie audiences from roles in such films as "Iron Man," "The Butler," and "Hustle and Flow," has informed the court system of California that he's unable to meet a requirement to pay $325,000 in spousal support to his ex-wife as part of the former couple's divorce settlement. The actor has told the court that he's unable to apply payments to the settlement because most of his income goes to pay support for his previous wife of 14 years along with a daughter and son.

Howard reports monthly income of slightly under $6,000 that his first wife pays back to him. He is now asking the judge to throw out the divorce settlement that he signed with his third wife. He claimed that he was coerced into signing it and that he knew at the time he couldn't possibly satisfy the legal obligations that it entailed.

Individuals seeking a spousal support modification have to keep a number of factors in mind. The court will expect proof of income before allowing any consideration to the matter. When requesting spousal support modification, the petitioner is expected to demonstrate significant hardships or instances where the former partner engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation.

The courts do allow the partner who has been required to pay spousal support to maintain a standard of living. Obtaining legal counsel in order to petition the court for relief from burdensome support payments is often an important step to take. A lawyer can review the case and then outline what legal remedies might be worth pursuing.

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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