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Actress' ex-husband seeks $17,000 in monthly spousal support

Many years ago, it was very rare to hear about women who were ordered to pay alimony or spousal support to their ex-husbands. But new research shows it's happening much more often, and a recent case involving a well-known actress illustrates the point.

Mena Suvari, who has starred in several movies including the Oscar-winning "American Beauty," filed for divorce from her husband in January, citing irreconcilable differences. Now he's seeking $17,000 per month in spousal support.

The actress' ex-husband, a concert promoter, claims in court documents that she makes $750,000 in yearly income. He is seeking $3,000 in dining expenses per month, saying that he's grown accustomed to eating out nearly every day at expensive restaurants.

The couple was married for about 18 months. After Suvari filed for divorce earlier this year, she had reportedly sought to prevent her ex-husband from collecting any spousal support. It remains to be seen what will happen.

The 33-year-old Suvari was previously married to a man who was 17 years older. That marriage ended in divorce after five years. She told reporters recently that she never thought she would be divorced twice by the time she was in her early 30s.

A woman like Suvari being asked to pay spousal support isn't exactly common, but it's much less rare than it used to be. With more women juggling successful careers and being the primary "breadwinners" in families, some family law attorneys are saying they see women being ordered to pay alimony and child support more often.

Source: Huffington Post, "Mena Suvari divorce: Ex requests $17,000 a month in spousal support," May 14, 2012

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