Pay Up, Piggy!

Wendy Raquel Robinson is an actress. She has been active in television and movies for over 25 years. Her most famous roles were as Regina “Piggy” Grier on the Steve Harvey Show from 1996 to 2002 and as Tasha Mack in The Game from 2006 to 2015. In 2003, she married Marco Perkins. They have no children from their marriage.

In August of 2018, Perkins filed for divorce in Los Angeles County citing irreconcilable differences. According to TMZ, he also contended that Robinson “…abandoned her estranged husband after he suffered a stroke, and left him completely broke and on his ass.”

Again, according to TMZ, Perkins contends that he lived a very rich lifestyle during their marriage, and is requesting the judge grant him spousal support in the amount of $10,000 per month. Perkins claims that Robinson can afford it, because (according to Perkins) she makes around $200,000 per month.

In California, when couples separate and divorce, the obligation for financial support does not automatically end. In fact, if one spouse needs financial help to maintain the lifestyle that he or she had during the marriage, and the other spouse is able to provide that financial support, the courts will grant the request until the supported spouse can get back on his/her feet to support him/her self.

Also, in a long-term marriage, the California legislature maintains that the supported spouse may never be able to support him/herself as well as the other spouse can. A long-term marriage is usually defined as a marriage of over ten years in length. The Robinson/Perkins marriage (according to Perkins) was twelve years duration (2003 until she left him in 2015).

Also, there are other issues the court will have to address in this divorce: Perkins maintains that he had a stroke and is not able to support himself. If that is the case, then Robinson could be responsible for his support for the rest of Perkins’s life (unless Perkins remarries or Robinson dies first).

Although California has created a series of laws to simplify divorce, the legislature has recognized the importance of maintaining the support and well-being of all the family members, whether it be the spouses and/or their children.

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