Last year, Sherlita Patton, wife of Outkast’s Big Boi, filed for divorce after being married for 11 years and 2 children.
In her court documents, Sherlita stated that the 11-year marriage was “irretrievably broken,” and requested sole custody of their 12-year-old child, their other child is over 18. She is also seeking child support, spousal support, a split of the marital assets and attorney’s fees.
But it doesn’t look as though this is going to be an easy divorce.
Although Big Boi is fine with paying child support, in his response to her divorce petition, he said their child would be better off with joint physical and legal custody. But he’s also refusing to pay for alimony, saying that Sherlita is young, healthy and well-educated. Basically, he’s saying get a job and get out of his pockets.
But if you’re used to living a certain lifestyle, never made to work, no matter how young, healthy and well-educated you are, is it fair to leave an ex high and dry? According to Attorney Shauntese Curry-Trye, a Baltimore based divorce attorney, alimony is dependent about several factors. ”You have to look at the duration of the marriage, the break down of the marriage, and if you can point the fault of the breakdown of the marriage to the more financially fit spouse, the law will typically make that spouse pay,” Curry-Trye said.
Just like marriages not lasting forever, there’s a common misconception that alimony lasts forever. Depending on the divorce, alimony can last from a few months to a couple of years. Where as child support typically cuts off when the child reaches 18, alimony isn’t dependent upon the former spouses age.
Speaking of child support, another Atlanta rapper’s child support woes are being put on front street. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is now feeling the heat of the woman he recently had a baby with. Ludacris was in court this week with Tamika Fuller. Fuller is demanding the rapper to pay her $15k a month to take care of his 2-month-old daughter, Cai.
Ludacris is saying the can’t afford the amount asked because his money from the “Fast and Furious” is on hold, after the death of Paul Walker. According to him, he can only afford $1,800 a month, saying he only made around $55K for 2013.
In Ludacris’ case, many people are asking why does she need $15k a month for a baby? And to think a box of condoms cost less than $10.00.
Clutchettes, what do you think about alimony? Should it be automatically granted?