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WNBA star involved in alimony suit

When a marriage breaks down irretrievably, a spouse who has been financially dependent on the other may ask for alimony. U.S. courts, including those in Massachusetts, consider several factors of the other spouse, including the age, health and capacity to earn, before making a decision about the amount of the alimony. Alimony may be a factor in same-sex divorces as well. Consider the recent case of the Women's National Basketball Association's star Brittney Griner and her former spouse, Glory Johnson.

Griner married Johnson on May 8, 2015. However, Griner filed a petition to annul the marriage a month later. Johnson is asking for $20,000 a month in alimony. Johnson is also asking for $10,000 as advance payment for attorney fees. Johnson also stated that because she is about to become a mother she will not be able to play basketball.

A hearing on the case is scheduled in August. Griner stated in the petition that she was not aware of the in-vitro fertilization that Johnson had undergone. Also, Griner stated that she was compelled to marry Johnson and that the marriage was based on lies. Johnson, on the other hand, petitioned that she needs the alimony in order to support herself as she would not be able to play because of her pregnancy. Her funds have supposedly dried up as a result of the marriage expenses, her in-vitro fertilization and interior decorating that she had done.

Currently, Johnson says that she needs the alimony in order to take care of her medical needs, for personal trainers and for household expenses. In 2014, the WNBA's maximum salary was $107,000. However, Griner reportedly earned $600,000 while playing in China in the same year.

Source: Chron.com, "WNBA star Brittney Griner embroiled in alimony dispute with spouse," Greg Rajan, July 14, 2015

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