Porsha Williams' Spousal Support Payments not enough to Support Luxury Lifestyle

When Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams married Kordell Stewart of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, she probably thought she was set for life. Kordel retired from the NFL in 2013. Unfortunately, their marital bliss didn't last long, with Kordell filing divorce papers in March 2013 citing that their marriage was "irretrievably broken." There were no children of the marriage. In fact, one of Porsha's claims is that they rarely had sex.

Porsha has had a shortage of cash lately, receiving $5,000 a month from Kordell in spousal support. Although some would say that's more than fair considering how short their marriage was, it is apparently not enough to support Porsha's lavish lifestyle.

After the split, Porsha moved into a luxury condominium, but she recently fell behind by $17,959 on her condo fees. The homeowner’s association has filed legal documents requesting that Porsha's bank account be frozen and her wages be garnished to pay down this enormous bill. Porsha is currently living with her mother. If she ever wants to move back into her luxury condominium, she's going to have to seek a raise from the Housewivesproducers, or find a second career.

Marrying a multi-millionaire in the state of Atlanta clearly does not assure a lifetime of financial security, and the same goes for Ontario marriages.

For a spouse to be entitled to spousal support in Ontario, they must be "dependent." A dependent spouse is substantially dependent on their spouse to provide for their basic needs, and is usually the case where one spouse makes less money than the other. Although Porsha made substantially less money than her very wealthy husband, this would not necessarily be enough to entitle her to spousal support payments on par with the money she became used to during her short marriage.

If Portia's divorce occurred in Ontario, the fact that she was married for such a short period of time would have negatively affected her claim for spousal support.

Pursuant to the Divorce Act, the court will consider the condition, means, needs and other circumstances of each spouse, including:

  • the length of time the spouses cohabited;
  • the functions performed by each spouse during cohabitation; and
  • any order, agreement or arrangement relating to support of either spouse.

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