The couple's pending divorce is happening in New Jersey and, because of state law there, she may be forced to pay him alimony, even though he reportedly cheated and had a baby with his mistress, reports TMZ. Hunter had responded to her divorce filing on May 6, asking for spousal support, and since New Jersey is a “no fault” state, the fact he allegedly got another woman pregnant while he was still married to Williams doesn’t really matter at all.
Hunter also asked for child support, even though their son, Kevin Hunter Jr., is 18 years old and will turn 19 this August. Again, New Jersey law states child support does not terminate once the child reaches 18, as long as they are enrolled in college and do not have gainful employment.
As family lawyer Christopher Melcher, who owns Walzer Melcher Law Firm in Los Angeles, explained to Personal Space, "No one likes to pay alimony, especially when there have been allegations of cheating."
But, he said, "The law looks at the income, expenses, assets, and debts of each party and determines if support is needed."
"At the beginning of a case, courts want to maintain the status quo so the parties can maintain their lifestyle until the case is resolved by settlement or trial. This family should have enough resources for Wendy and Kevin to live in separate households, but it may involve Wendy paying him alimony, child support, and his legal expenses as the higher income earner," Melcher explained.
"Women can be ordered to support a man. The law is gender neutral. Still, there are women who are offended that a man would seek support from them, and there are men that would be too ashamed to ask for it. The reality is that gender does not matter. If one spouse makes more money than the other, alimony may be necessary. This was a long marriage and the parties enjoyed financial success together. An alimony award could be large as a result," he added.
Sucks for Williams, but we have a feeling she'll make that money back.
"Fault usually does not come into play in setting alimony, unless the conduct harmed the other spouse’s ability to earn or domestic abuse occurred," Melcher concluded. "Every marriage that ends in divorce involves some level of fault, so courts are usually not interested in hearing about the reasons why the marriage failed."
Williams and Hunter had been together for 21 years. Since filing for divorce in April, Willams has fired her ex from his producer role on show and moved out.
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