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Spousal support revisited by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach

When a Pennsylvania marriage ends, there is often a court order for one parent to provide financial support for any children born as a result of the union. What is not always instructed, however, is the payment of spousal support. Should a former spouse not need financial assistance after the divorce, there is no such directive in the divorce agreement. David Hasselhoff and his ex-wife, Pamela Bach, are waging a legal battle against each other over spousal support.

Hasselhoff has been paying Bach $10,000 each month but has legally appealed to discontinue payment of any amount. He says she is more than able to find a way to support herself. The two were married for 17 years before divorcing in 2006.

Bach countered with her own action, claiming she has tried to find work but it is hard for a 55-year-old female actor to find decent roles. She was on Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 but has not been employed other than that. She feels she should be compensated for her time as a wife and a mother, when she put aside her own performance aspirations so Hasselhoff could pursue his. She furthermore states he not only brings in approximately $1 million each year, but she was short-changed in the splitting of assets at the time of their divorce.

When one partner seeks spousal support, the court will take into consideration several factors before ruling on an award. The amount awarded could be permanent or it may be temporary — just long enough for the recipient to get back on his or her financial feet. An attorney in Pennsylvania can give a more comprehensive explanation of the options available on a case-by-case basis.

Source: tmz.com, “Pamela Bach Says David Must Pay Spousal Support Because 55-Year-Old Actresses Can’t Find Work“, Nov. 6, 2017

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