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Kordell Stewart must pay temporary spousal support in divorce

When news breaks of a celebrity divorce, the public conversation generally may first turn to the issue of property division. Many stories hit the Internet speculating on how the marital assets may ultimately be divided. Often, questions of whether or not a prenuptial agreement exists may arise in a celebrity divorce.

Kordell Stewart is a former NFL quarterback. In March, he announced that he was seeking to divorce his wife, Porsha Williams, after less than two years of marriage—the two were married in May 2011. While that divorce case remains in family court, the judge last week issued a temporary order, which requires Stewart to pay his estranged wife $5,000 a month in temporary spousal support.

The divorce has been somewhat contentious, although the two were together for less than two years before Stewart filed the papers in court. Stewart says that he should not have to pay alimony when the divorce is finalized; arguing that Ms. Williams is able bodied and should be able to support herself. Many people in California may know of Ms. Williams from her appearances on the television reality series, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Stewart also claims that property issues should not be an issue as the two have a prenuptial agreement.

The divorce is being handled in Georgia, where Stewart and Williams reside. The idea of spousal support (or alimony) is a function of state law. In California, spousal support issues can involve a wide variety of factors. The length of the marriage, the relative incomes between the divorcing spouses and others are important factors under California alimony law. But, other financial considerations may also come into play, especially if minor children are involved in the marriage.

Like in the Stewart-Williams divorce, California courts may order spousal support on a temporary basis. But it is also important for divorcing couples in California to be mindful of the issues that may be included in the final judgment in a divorce.

Source: The Inquisitr, “Kordell Stewart Ordered To Pay Porsha Williams Temporary Spousal Support,” June 20, 2013

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