California residents might be interested to learn about a high asset divorce involving Walmart heiress Paige Laurie. After being married to her husband for six years, Laurie filed for divorce in March 2014. Eleven months after the papers were filed, reports came out that Laurie’s husband was seeking spousal support from her. According to a report from TMZ, Laurie’s husband is asking for $400,000 a month in alimony. He reportedly has several expenses that necessitate the monthly sum such as rent that costs between $40,000 and $60,000 and entertainment expenses that cost $80,000 a month. He also needs $6,700 a month to continue paying his personal chef and $2,500 for his personal trainer. Also included in the man’s request is $2,500 per month for charitable donations.
Before Laurie and her husband married, they reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement that entitled Laurie’s husband to receive spousal support if they divorced. Laurie’s grandfather is one of the co-founders of Walmart, and her husband claims that the two of them lived extravagantly during their marriage. Because the couple worked at a company they owned together, the husband says that he needs some time to reenter the job market on his own terms.
In a marriage, one spouse often sets their own career aside in order to support the other’s ambitions. When there is a divorce, the spouse who was not working might seek alimony so that they can have some time to pursue job training and restart their own career. An attorney may be able to help a spouse in this situation to seek an appropriate award for alimony that is based on both parties’ financial situations.
Source: Huffington Post, “Walmart Heiress’ Ex Wants A Whopping $400,000 A Month, Including Money For Charitable Donations”, Leigh Weingus, Feb. 4, 2015