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Terrence Howard ordered to pay alimony after his ex-wife's appeal

In Massachusetts and elsewhere, the process of going through a divorce can be stressful, to say the least. This may be especially true for couples who no longer get along. Discussions between these individuals can become even more strained, and can sometimes turn vicious when sensitive subjects like alimony are being discussed.

Two years ago Terrence Howard alleged that he had signed the settlement concerning spousal support between him and his now ex-wife, Michelle Ghent, under duress. This settlement had originally required him to pay nearly $6,000 per month in spousal support. He claimed that she had threatened to leak embarrassing photos and videos of him to the public. At the time, the courts agreed that he had signed the documents under duress.

However, that ruling was recently overturned on appeal, and the previously agreed upon settlement was reinstated. She argued that there was too much time between when she was supposed to have made these threats and when the spousal support settlement was signed. It was also noted by the court that Howard could have gone to the police if he believed that he was being blackmailed.

Unfortunately, divorce proceedings have the potential to bring out the worst in some people. False or surprising accusations may be asserted, especially when feuding couples are discussing alimony or other stressful topics like child custody. Massachusetts residents considering divorce may find speaking to a professional helpful. Attorneys can help their clients to communicate with their soon-to-be exes effectively and, hopefully, to reach a mutually beneficial and comprehensive settlement.

Source: eurweb.com, "Terrence Howard's ex (Michelle Ghent) gets court to reinstate spousal support", Oct. 2, 2017

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