When Ohioans go through the divorce process, oftentimes their emotions and personal lives are put on display. This can make the whole situation even more acrimonious, and the other party to the divorce may even try to use those personal matters against you. If this happens, then you might need the help of an attorney who can assist you in assessing and addressing the complicated matter.
Famed actor Terrence Howard is now in this situation after he claimed his recent divorce settlement was the result of extortion. According to the Academy Award-nominated actor, his ex-wife threatened to release naked photos of him as well as a sex tape if he did not agree to her demands. The divorce agreement ultimately reached gave Howard's ex-wife spousal support and other financial benefits. Considering Howard is a highly successful actor, this means he could be paying his ex-wife a significant amount of money each month.
However, by arguing that he was extorted, Howard may be able to have the agreement ruled void. If this happens, then the parties may have to negotiate a new settlement, or litigate the matter in a front of a judge who will make a final ruling on the matter. The process may not be easy, but it may be well worth the effort.
Divorce issues like this, unfortunately, come up more often than many care to think. They can be major complications with magnificent ramifications for all individuals who are subjected to them, not just those who are wealthy. Therefore, those who may be threatened by their soon-to-be ex-spouse may want to consider contacting a family law attorney to determine how to handle the matter in a way that will support their position.
Source: CBS News, "Terrence Howard to return to court for divorce hearing" Aug. 13, 2015