When a Texas couple chooses to get a divorce, one party will often be ordered to pay. This might be significant due to the amount of money the payer earns or has. The amount and duration will be based upon a variety of factors.
In the case of actor and singer David Hasselhoff, financial issues have led to his desire to seek a reduction in the amount he was ordered to pay after his divorce from actress Pamela Bach. The 63-year-old is said to have made millions of dollars playing the lead on the it tv series 'Baywatch", but he now says that he has only $600 to his name. In addition, he owes nearly $100,000 in credit card debt and approximately $100,000 in U.K. taxes. He has filed a motion to have the order modified.
He is currently required to pay $21,000 each month in alimony. According to Hasselhoff, his wife is able to support herself. The couple married in 1989 and divorced in 2006. He says that he earns $110,000 per month but that after paying alimony and covering his other $72,000 in monthly expenses, which includes supporting his children, he has very little left. A film version of 'Baywatch" in which he will be reprising his tv series role is planned for a 2017 release.
Alimony is often awarded because the recipient gave up a career in order to stay home and take care of running the household. However, when the recipient has occupational skills that can be put to use, it is sometimes possible to successfully seek a modification of the amount through a petition filed with the assistance of counsel.
Source: ABC News, "'Baywatch' Star David Hasselhoff Fights to Cut Ex's Alimony", Kelly McCarthy, May 3, 2016