Texas basketball fans may have heard that WNBA player Gloria Johnson is seeking $20,000 a month in alimony from her estranged spouse, Brittney Griner. The two were married for just 28 days before their split.
Johnson's attorneys argued that she needed the $20,000 a month in spousal support because she was pregnant and was not cleared to play basketball, meaning that should could not be paid. She reportedly became pregnant through IVF while she and Griner were still legally married. Ultimately, she was asking for $7,000 for groceries and $6,000 so that she could hire some help. The remaining amount would reportedly go towards her other living expenses.
Griner will reportedly make about $1 million for playing for the WNBA team the Phoenix Mercury this year. However, she stated that she also had expenses to pay. When asked by her lawyer if she could afford to pay that amount, she replied that she could not. The report stated that the judge had 60 days to make a decision over whether or not Johnson would be awarded the alimony that was requested.
When a couple gets divorced, the person who stayed at home to take care of any children or the home may have the opportunity to seek alimony. This money usually compensates the spouse for the work that they did during the marriage and allows them to pay bills while they move on. If the ex-spouse is seeking a certain amount that the other person cannot afford, an attorney may potentially negotiate to reduce the amount or argue that the ex-spouse should not be awarded alimony.
Source: KJRH 2 Tulsa, "Glory Johnson says she needs $20,000 month in alimony after 28-day marriage to Brittney Griner", Nohelani Graf, Aug. 18, 2015