While Dennis Hopper might be on his death bed in his fight against prostate cancer, his family law attorney says that the actor also has concerns about the financial aspects of divorce, spousal support, and child support.
ABC News reports that a Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday that Dennis Hopper must pay $8,000 a month in alimony to his estranged wife Victoria Duffy-Hopper, and another $4,000 to the woman for child support. Ms. Duffy-Hopper is the actor's fifth wife. The two have one seven-year-old child together named Galen.
The actor was not able to appear in court on Monday. Dennis Hopper's attorney described his client as "desperately ill." A doctor said that Dennis Hopper is now extremely weak, and unable to hold long conversations. Because of his illness he is unable to work, which is why various media reports are saying that it's unrealistic for the actor to pay monthly payments of $12,000. In legal documents, PopEater.com reported that the actor's finances are stagnant. His accountant believes that the man's liquid assets total to just $300,000.
Before Monday's hearing, Dennis Hopper said that he would be capable of paying his ex-wife $5,000 a month, but nothing more. Apparently, the divorce between Dennis Hopper and Victoria Duffy-Hopper was so dramatic and violent that a judge gave a protective order to Dennis Hopper last month, saying that Ms. Duffy-Hopper must remain at least 10 feet away from her estranged husband.
While this divorce is happening in another state, it still has some valuable lessons for all Texans.
The state of Texas is known to have strict laws regarding spousal support and spousal maintenance. Divorcenet.com states that the amount of spousal maintenance awarded cannot usually exceed 20 percent of the gross income of the paying spouse. For more information about spousal maintenance in Texas, you can contact a Houston family law attorney or see our Related Resource pages.