For quite a long time now, actor Brendan Fraser has been showing up in the movies. While he hasn’t acheived the star status of some of Hollywood’s elite, he has been consistently working and is expected to be in even more movies released later this year and the next. So, with that in mind, many people in Cleburne County may wonder how it is that he cannot afford the alimony payments he has been ordered to pay his ex-wife. His ex-wife is wondering the same thing, alleging that Fraser must be lying about his income.
While most people in Heber Springs who are ordered to pay alimony, which is also commonly called spousal support, don’t have the estimated $25 million Fraser has, his situation is not that uncommon. When someone pays alimony to a former spouse, it is because an Arkansas family court judge believes one spouse has great need for financial support and the other has the ability to pay. If the judge’s assessment is incorrect, however, one spouse may be obligated to make payments that he or she is unable to sustainably make.
In Fraser’s filings claiming that he could not afford the $50,000 a month payments to his ex, he says that he suffered serious back injuries while participating in a clean-up following Hurricane Sandy. He also has said that he has not been acting as much as he had been previously.
Though we may never know if Fraser does or does not have the money to pay his ex, a judge will now need to decide whether the actor should have his alimony payments reduced.
Source: Daily Mail, “Stand Off: Brendan Fraser’s ex-wife accuses the star of hiding his earnings in attempt to reduce $50,000 monthly alimony payments,” Aug. 19, 2013