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Judge: Kordell Stewart required to pay $5,000 a month in alimony

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 25, 2013 in Alimony

One of the most contentious areas of family law is often focused on the idea of spousal support. Settlements are often made in which one person is required to make payments to an ex-spouse in order to help that person make the transition from being married to being single. The concept was originally designed to help stay-at-home mothers who often gave up a career and earning potential when they got married. 

However, today's marriages and divorces look very different than they did just a generation ago. More and more, both spouses continue working outside the home after marriage, and even after having children. Many people argue that when both spouses are capable of earning a living on their own, there should be no need for alimony. But is this fair?

Former NFL player Kordell Stewart recently argued that his ex-wife, Porsha Williams, is earning her own income as a reality TV personality, so there is no need for him to pay her alimony. A judge disagreed, however, and awarded Williams $5,000 per month in spousal support from Stewart for the next three months. 

The battle over alimony is just the latest in this bitter split. Both Stewart and Williams have accused each other of poor behavior and broken promises throughout their divorce. It is not surprising, then, that the two would also battle over spousal support.

Monthly maintenance payments can be difficult for some ex-spouses to justify. Adults know that child support, for example, is intended to provide financial support for an innocent child. But spousal support is money that is paid directly to an ex, making it likely that feelings of anger, jealousy or betrayal are at play.

But it is crucial for folks in Connecticut to honor a court's decision when it comes to these payments. People who are paying spousal support and those who collect it may want to speak with an attorney prior to agreeing to any divorce settlement. With legal support, a person can be sure that spousal support arrangements are fair and appropriate. 

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