Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson's marriage may be over, but if Johnson gets her way, they'll be in each other's lives for years. According to ESPN, the pregnant WNBA star is requesting monthly spousal support payments totaling $20,000. Court documents filed in June in Maricopa County, Ariz., also show that Johnson is requesting a $10,000 advancement towards her attorney's fees.
Legal representative Stasy Click believes that Johnson is warranted in her request, saying that Griner has "far superior control over the family's financial resources" and that Johnson is "without the necessary financial means to pay for legal representation in this matter."
Click's claims comes from reports that Johnson is currently on a slashed salary from the WNBA due to her pregnancy, which also makes her unfit to play overseas this winter. Since she has no means of a steady income, she is requesting spousal support from her ex-wife.
In the filing, Johnson also claims that she cannot seek employment outside of basketball because it is a "high-risk multiple pregnancy" — she is set to have twins. Though she intends on returning to basketball full-time postpartum, she currently needs "household assistance, personal trainers, and medical care not covered by her current insurance." She also claims that furnishing the home she and Griner once shared, in vitro fertilization costs and wedding expenses drained her financially.
Griner filed to annul her marriage to Johnson on June 4, approximately one month after they tied the knot. She argued that she was "pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson's threatening statements." Griner also claimed she was not kept in the loop about the in vitro fertilization process, which led to Johnson's pregnancy.
The ladies will both appear in court on August 17 for a hearing regarding Griner's annulment petition.
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