Texas fans of the TV show "Grey's Anatomy" might be aware that one of its actors, Jesse Williams, has been going through a divorce. In January, a judge ordered an increase in the amount of child and spousal support paid by Williams. He was paying $33,242 monthly in support, and his payments will go up to over $50,000 each month.
Williams is also responsible for paying his ex-wife $50,000 for attorney fees. She will get half of his residuals from the time of their marriage in Sept. 2012 until the date they filed for divorce in April 2017. However, she will be responsible for property taxes, the mortgage and home equity on the family home.
The two dated for five years before their marriage. They have two children, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, and in September, they agreed to a temporary joint custody arrangement.
During a divorce, parents might make a temporary custody and child support agreement that later changes or that becomes permanent when the divorce is final. Texas is a community property state, meaning all assets that either party acquired from the beginning of the marriage are usually considered shared property. This includes assets that a person brings into the marriage that appreciate during this time. This shared property is supposed to be divided equally, so a Texas judge might reach a similar decision about an actor's spouse receiving residuals from the time in which they were married. This affects many other assets as well. For example, if a person enters the relationship with a retirement account, the other spouse might be able to keep half of its appreciation value over the course of the marriage.