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Short's wife files for divorce, awarded spousal and child support

Most readers are aware of the types of issues that couples in Palm Beach, and throughout the U.S., must address when negotiating a divorce settlement. The process is generally no different for celebrities and other high-profile couples. In addition to the division of any marital property and assets, divorcing couples may also have to deal with issues pertaining to alimony or child support, as well as child custody.

News sources reported that actor, Columbus Short’s wife filed for divorce in April 2014 after nine years of marriage. No details were reported regarding the couple’s property interests and assets or how they will be divided. It was released, however, that a judge recently ordered Short to pay his estranged wife spousal support, despite his having also been dismissed from his role on the TV series, “Scandal”, in April. Mrs. Short was reportedly awarded $17,005 per month. Additionally, Short will also be required to pay more than $4,500 each month in child support for their two-year-old daughter.

Actress, Zoe McClellan asks judge for emergency custody of son

When couples in Boca Raton, and elsewhere, split up, it is not uncommon for them to go their separate ways and to build new lives, apart. For couples who share a child, however, this can be much more difficult. In the event these new opportunities arise in other cities or states, some parents may be required to obtain permission from the court, a modification to their existing agreement or permission from the other parent, in order to be allowed to move with their child.

According to reports, actress, Zoe McClellan is involved in a child custody dispute with her soon to be ex-husband, fellow actor, J.P. Gillain. The actress recently filed a request seeking temporary full custody of their 18-month-old son. She has signed on to star on an upcoming new series that shoots in New Orleans and wants permission from the court to move. She reportedly claimed in her filing that Gillain does not actively care for their child.

Banderas, Griffith could split as much as $50 million in divorce

At the end of a marriage, one of the largest tasks for Palm Beach couple’s to undertake is the division of marital property and assets. This includes splitting up monies and bank accounts, stocks, artwork, residences, and other properties and assets. For couples who have been married for a significant amount of time, or who have accumulated extensive assets, the property division process can often be particularly difficult.

Recently, to the shock of many, actors, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, reportedly filed for divorce. Married for nearly 20 years, theirs was one of the longer enduring marriages in Hollywood. Over the course of their marriage, both brought in income from various acting roles, including Banderas’ performance as the popular character, Puss in Boots, in DreamWorks’ “Shrek” films. Griffith has purportedly asked for spousal support, however, the specific amount was not disclosed.

Stevie J arrested for owing over $1 million in child support

Most parents in Palm Beach, and other localities, will attest that there are a number of costs and expenses that accompany raising a child. When parents divorce or are not married, family law judges may order child support payments in order to ensure that these financial needs are met. Not only can failing to make these payments compromise the custodial parent’s ability to cover all of the child’s expenses, it can also result in serious legal issues.

According to reports, musician-producer and reality television star, Steven “Stevie J” Jordan, is facing federal criminal charges as a result of delinquent child support payments. Jordan is said to owe more than $1,107,412 in total. It was reported that the “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star has been behind on his court ordered payments since March 2001. He was originally ordered to pay $6,608 per month for his two children in 1999. That amount was bumped up to $8,557 a month in 2011.

Billionaire fund manager and wife headed for high asset divorce

Over the course of a marriage, a couple often earns income and accumulates assets, including homes and other property. In Boca Raton, and other cities throughout the U.S., when couples decide to divorce, these funds and assets must be divided. For many divorcing couples, reaching a property division agreement can be the most difficult aspect of the process. This can be particularly true in high asset divorce cases.

A high-profile couple in New York is headed for what will likely be a costly divorce. According to reports, one of the world’s top hedge fund managers, who is worth an estimated $10 billion, and his wife separated recently. It was not disclosed why the couple, who have been married for 28 years, plans to end their marriage, other than to say it had “run its course”, a source reported. The source also indicated that the couple hopes to settle the matter cordially. Neither the fund manager, nor his wife, has yet legally filed for divorce.

Wife's suicide prevents man from gaining assets in divorce

Often, when couples in Palm Beach, and elsewhere, decide to divorce, a judge will order that they are prohibited from moving money around, spending large sums outside of their normal expenses and making other types of large financial decisions. This helps to ensure that the court gets an accurate accounting of the couple’s assets and finances before making a determination regarding the division of marital property. In some cases, however, one spouse, or the other, may defy such a court order in an effort to keep funds away from the partner they are divorcing.

A man in New York reportedly claims that his wife violated a court order by changing the beneficiaries on her life insurance policies and retirement plan from him to the couple’s two daughters prior to them reaching a divorce settlement. While in many cases such as this, judges will often simply order that the changes be reversed, this situation has been complicated because the woman purportedly took her own life two months after making the changes, which did not come to anyone’s attention until after her death.

Felton's wife fights for alimony, despite prenuptial agreement

Readers in Palm Beach are likely aware that pre-nuptial agreements are often used to protect one, or both spouse’s assets in the event of a divorce. In many cases, these legal documents include terms and stipulations, including division of property and assets, spousal support, child support and circumstances under which the contract may be voided.

According to reports, the wife of New York Knicks’ player, Raymond Felton is seeking alimony from her NBA star husband, despite having a pre-nuptial agreement that says she is not entitled to any financial support. Mrs. Felton reportedly suggests that her husband was unfaithful, which, she claims, nullifies their contract. It was not reported whether or not Felton denies her claim, but he does purportedly argue that, based on the terms of their agreement, he should not have to pay her.

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson accuses estranged wife of violence, bigamy

Celebrities and public figures in Florida often make headlines when they decide to end their marriages, especially when they have lasted several years. Like all divorce cases, these high-profile divorces often involve disputes over alimony, child custody and visitation.

When Florida Rep. Alan Grayson decided to send his marriage with his wife of 24 years, he also asked for custody of his five children. It is unknown whether the couple has any other children that are over the age of 18. According to the allegations that Grayson is posing against his estranged wife, the children may be better off with their father.

Dad who owes $100,000 in back support can't have kids for 5 years

Raising a child can be costly for parents in any circumstances. In order to ensure a child’s needs are met, even if the parents are not raising the child together, it is common for family law judges to order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. Failure to pay child support in Palm Beach, and elsewhere, can result in serious penalties, including a driver’s license suspension and jail time.

One father in Ohio is reportedly facing a different kind of penalty for owing back child support. According to reports, the man owes close to $100,000 in past due supports. Recently, a probate judge ordered that the man was prohibited from fathering any more children for the next five years, during which time he will be on probation, until he has met his financial obligations for the four children he already has.

TV host Sherri Shepherd faces custody battle over unborn baby boy

When Florida couples face fertility problems, they sometimes turn to surrogacy. In these cases, the baby is carried by another woman but has genetic data from both of his parents. If the parents decide to end their marriage, either parent may have primary custody of the child, and the surrogacy is not a factor in the court’s decision.

TV show host Sherri Shepherd and her husband decided last summer to use a surrogate to deliver their baby. Unfortunately, since they made this decision, they have decided to end their marriage. Their baby boy is expected to arrive in late July, but Shepherd may have little contact with her new son. Her estranged husband is seeking primary custody of the unborn child; if he wins his case, however, Shepherd will still have visitation rights.

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