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Court denies WNBA player's request for spousal support

Pennsylvania WNBA fans may be interested to learn that, on Aug. 20, it was announced that a judge denied Glory Johnson's request for alimony from her ex-wife Brittney Griner. The pro basketball player reportedly requested $20,000 a month in addition to attorney's fees.

Johnson reportedly claimed that she needed the alimony following her 28-day marriage to Griner as she could not work due to being pregnant with twins. The pregnancy was announced just one day prior to Griner filing paperwork requesting that the marriage be annulled. Griner had claimed that she entered the marriage after Johnson had pressured her through threats. Although the annulment was denied, steps are being taken to formally dissolve the marriage.

Ultimately, Griner stated in court that she could not afford the amount of spousal support that was being requested. After the twins are born in early 2016, Johnson will have the opportunity to request child support. However, the request for child support, if it is made, may be interesting as Johnson claimed that Griner was involved in the decision making process to pursue in vitro fertilization. Griner stated, however, that she was unaware that the procedure had taken place.

Same-sex marriages have been legal in the state of Pennsylvania since early 2014. However, this also means that divorce rates among same-sex partners may begin to rise. The complications that married same-sex couples face may be similar to heterosexual couples. Depending on the situation, one person may have the ability to request spousal support or child support. An attorney may assist with negotiating a settlement that is affordable. If one party does not believe that they should be responsible for spousal support due to the length of the marriage, the attorney may assist by providing a strong argument.

Source: ESPN, "Judge denies Glory Johnson's request of support from Brittney Griner", Mechelle Voepel, Aug. 20, 2015

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