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Star doesn't show up for court, ordered to pay spousal support

Many couples who marry in Columbus are fairly similar. They have similar backgrounds, they have similar jobs and they have similar incomes. For many people in the area, they are contributing roughly equal amounts to the household's income. This is not always the case, however, and there are some cases in which spouses have drastically different incomes. Should they divorce, one spouse may be ordered to provide spousal support to the other.

Spousal support is a way for a lower-earning spouse to retain some aspects of the life he or she had before the divorce. It is also a way to protect the lower-earning spouse from facing financial ruin just because of a divorce. Historically, spousal support was to provide some income to women, most of whom rarely worked outside of the home, who were divorced or were contemplating divorce. Now, spousal support is for any former spouse, whether husband or wife, who needs some financial help following a divorce.

A recent case of celebrity spousal support has been that of Columbus Short. One of the former stars of the TV show "Scandal," the 31-year-old actor was recently ordered to pay his wife $17,005 a month in spousal support. The couple also have a child and he has been ordered to pay $4,542 in child support.

The actor's court date was last week, but, for some reason, he chose not to attend. His attorney was also missing from the courtroom.

Though most people in Columbus are not going to receive or be ordered to pay $17,000 a month in spousal support, there are some men and women who are fortunate enough to receive this supplemental income. It can be an important tool to help transition to being single again.

Source: US Weekly, "Columbus Short Ordered to Pay $21,000 a Month in Spousal, Child Support to Estranged Wife Tanee Short: Report," Stephanie Webber, June 26, 2014

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