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Court orders Mary J. Blige to pay temporary spousal support

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The divorce proceedings for R&B singer Mary J. Blige have revealed her financial troubles to her fans in Michigan and around the country. Despite insisting that her prenuptial agreement with her estranged husband specified that spousal support would not be paid in the event that the couple ended their marriage, a judge has ordered her to make temporary payments to him in the amount of $30,000 per month. This was in response to the his request for $129,319 per month.

The judge cited the need to maintain the lifestyle that the husband was accustomed to during the marriage. The court order applied retroactively to September 2016, and she was also required to cover his legal fees, which has obligated Blige to come up with over $200,000 as an initial payment.

The singer has protested the decision because of her financial troubles. She said that she owes millions of dollars in taxes and other debts. According to court documents that she filed in April, she alleged that her husband spent $420,000 while traveling with a different woman during their marriage.

A person involved in a contested divorce that involves excessive demands for money, property or sole custody of children might choose to have legal representation in court. To defend the client's position, an attorney could try to enforce the provisions of a prenuptial agreement that may lessen the financial burden of the dissolution. If a former partner is attempting to hide assets, an attorney could pursue a court order that forces the disclosure of financial records.

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