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Actor Terrence Howard protests spousal support arrangement

Michigan residents may be familiar with the well-known actor Terrence Howard, who has appeared in such films as "Iron Man" and "The Butler." Although his film accomplishments are noteworthy, Howard is in the news for a very different reason of late. The actor has been the focus of a legal controversy after revealing that he is unable to abide by his spousal support arrangement because of financial hardship.

The actor, age 45, is claiming that his bank account has essentially been hijacked by his most recent ex-wife, who is slated to receive $325,000 from the actor. However, his first wife of 14 years appears to have already gotten to those assets. Between the spousal support and child support for his exes and kids, Howard claims that he is only bringing in about $5,800 per month for his own living expenses.

Howard is now taking legal action to have his spousal support agreement with his second ex thrown out. The actor contends that he should not have to pay the settlement because he was only married to the woman for a year. He is also alleging that he was blackmailed into agreeing to the legal terms, despite the fact that he knew he could not pay for the spousal support.

The changes are just the latest in a dramatic ongoing saga for Howard and his second ex. A protective order keeps the man 300 yards away from her at all times. Allegations of domestic abuse reportedly surfaced during the couple's relationship.

Spousal maintenance is not intended to send the payer to the poorhouse. In fact, spousal support is designed to help the non-moneyed spouse regain his or her financial footing in the aftermath of a divorce. Ex-spouses who "hijack" bank accounts may not be complying with the terms of the spousal support agreement. Alimony recipients and payers both deserve fair treatment from the court system.

Source: New York Daily News, "Terrence Howard says he can't afford spousal support for ex-wife, only makes $6,000 a month: report" Zayda Rivera, Jul. 28, 2014

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