R&B Superstar Mary J. Blige (46) has been ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court to pay her estranged husband Martin “Kendu” Isaacs $30,000.00 (thirty thousand dollars) in temporary spousal support while the divorce case is pending.
Over the years, Mary J. Blige earned the label “the queen of hip-hop soul”. Her instantly recognizable voice has been a mainstay on the radio since the early 90s. Blige always sang songs that expressed her past relationships and heartache. With a looming divorce from long-time manager Kendu Isaacs and a new order to pay a significant amount in temporary spousal support, the public can no doubt expect more confessional music.
Isaacs served as Blige’s manager for years before the two wed in December of 2003. During the marriage, the two appeared on the red carpet together and seemed to be a perfectly happy couple. However, Blige filed for divorce in July of last year citing “irreconcilable differences” in the petition. Soon after, the mud-slinging began in the tabloids.
Blige began giving interviews to several different publications and radio stations insinuating that her husband had been unfaithful. Meanwhile, Isaacs allegedly leaked to the press that Blige and her financial representatives engaged in illegally hiding money from the IRS. Throughout the entire ordeal, Isaacs consistently maintained that Blige should pay him thousands of dollars in spousal support so that he can maintain the lifestyle that he became used to during the marriage.
When a couple legally separates or divorces, the court may order one spouse or domestic partner to pay the other a specified amount of support money each month. This is called “spousal support” for married couples and “partner support” in domestic partnerships. It is sometimes also called “alimony.” In California (where the divorce is pending) the party who is requested to pay spousal support has the burden of proving that they should not pay.
The controlling statute that the court must consider in establishing permanent spousal support states the following:
4320. In ordering spousal support under this part, the court shall consider all of the following circumstances:
(a) The extent to which the earning capacity of each party is sufficient to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage.
(b) The extent to which the supported party contributed to the attainment of an education, training, a career position, or a license by the supporting party.
(c) The ability of the supporting party to pay spousal support, taking into account the supporting party’s earning capacity, earned and unearned income, assets, and standard of living.
(d) The needs of each party based on the standard of living established during the marriage.
(e) The obligations and assets, including the separate property, of each party.
(f) The duration of the marriage.
Here, it is obvious that Blige is the primary bread winner in the family. Furthermore, Isaacs relied on Blige’s earning power in order to make a living. When the two separated, Isaacs was obviously relieved of all managerial duties concerning his estranged wife. Therefore, the court decided that Isaacs was entitled to receive spousal support at least until the divorce is finalized.
According to the judgment, Blige must pay Isaacs $30.000 a month. Also, the judge ordered her to pay retroactive spousal support from September along with Isaacs’ court fees which total a whopping $235,000. However, the news isn’t all good for Isaacs. Originally, he requested $120,000 a month. Isaacs original amount consisted of $5,000 to help with his aging parents, $4, 971 to support his two children from a previous relationship, $60,000 in back rent, $1,200 for dining expenses, along with $1,723 for groceries and a host of other things.
Reportedly, the courts admonished the couple by stating that they were living beyond their means while they were married and they still owe millions of dollars in back taxes. If you are planning to marry someone who’s income level is not aligned with yours, it’s always good to talk to an attorney and weigh your options.