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Ricki Lake offers spousal support to husband in divorce petition

The dynamics between men and women have been changing dramatically for the last few decades. In Pennsylvania and other states, this can be seen in the workplace as well as various other aspects of society. Marriage and divorce also show a change in gender dynamics from the past, especially when it comes to spousal support. Today, it is not uncommon to see a woman ordered to pay spousal support to her former husband.

Ricki Lake has apparently come to terms with this shift in gender dynamics and divorce. The celebrity offered to pay her husband spousal support in the divorce petition she filed in early October. The 47-year-old former television talk show host cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for wanting a divorce from her husband Christian Evans, a jewelry designer.

The couple had only been married for approximately two and a half years. They officially went public with their relationship during the summer of 2010 and then married in a secret ceremony in April 2012. Christian Evans has yet to file a response to the divorce petition, according to the latest reports. Lake has commented on the divorce via Twitter saying that the breakup is emotionally challenging, but that it is a factor in her recent weight loss.

Many in Pennsylvania will be watching to see what happens with the celebrity couple’s upcoming divorce proceedings. If Evans accepts the Lake’s spousal support offer, there may still be various aspects that need to be decided during the divorce process. Although these details may be agreed upon via mediation, it is possible that a court battle will be required in order to resolve any conflicts stemming from property division or other divorce-related matters.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Ricki Lake Files For Divorce From Christian Evans, Offers To Pay Spousal Support“, Brittany Wong, Oct. 30, 2014

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