New York residents who may be contemplating divorce might be interested
in Terrence Howard's current situation. The Oscar-nominated actor
says he is unable to pay alimony to his second wife. He is petitioning
the court to reevaluate the agreement in light of his current income.
According to the actor, who has been in such films as 'Iron Man,"
he is not able to pay the $325,000 in
spousal support that was stipulated in his latest divorce agreement. He says that all
the money he makes from films goes directly to his first wife to whom
he was married for 14 years and with whom he had three children. Two of
the children are still underage, and he also pays child support. According
to Howard, after his first wife pays her living expenses and takes out
child support, she sends him a monthly check for $5,878. This, the actor
says, is not sufficient income to pay the contractual obligation to his
Howard was married to his second wife for one year and maintains he was
pressured into signing a settlement he could not afford with threats of
blackmail. He is under a restraining order to stay 300 yards away from
his second wife after an incident where she alleged he kicked and punched her.
In some cases, an individual might be able to have a standing divorce agreement
modified. Depending on a number of factors, court-ordered or contractual
support obligations might be changed based on the certain factors, including
changes in the earning ability of either party. A lawyer might be able
to help someone seeking such a modification during negotiations or court
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