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Actor in alimony dispute

North Carolina fans of actor Terrance Howard may have heard that he is claiming that he cannot pay $325,000 in spousal support to his ex-wife Michelle Ghent as required by the terms of their divorce settlement agreement. Although Howard continues to star in blockbuster hits, he insists that all of his money goes directly to his first wife of 14 years, Lori McMasters, in the form of alimony and child support for the former couple's two children. After taking her share, McMasters supposedly writes Howard a check for just under $6,000 each month to cover his own expenses.

Based on these figures, Howard states that he cannot possibly pay such a large sum to his second ex-wife. Ghent and Howard were married for just over one year, and Howard claims that he was coerced into signing the agreement that was ultimately approved by the court, which he knew he would not be able to pay.

The court also ordered Howard to stay at least 300 feet away from Ghent at all times for a period of three years. This agreement, along with an additional $14,600, was in response to allegations of physical abuse. Howard agreed to the arrangement and to make the payment, but signed paperwork without admitting fault.

Divorce, property division and the related financial arrangements are often emotionally charged. A further complication is that courts consider a variety of economic, physical, and mental factors when determining and awarding alimony. Whether the split is amicable, contested or acrimonious, a family law attorney can be invaluable in helping a client navigate the process.


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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