Divorced Arizona residents may be familiar with alimony as a form of spousal maintenance after a divorce. It is typically given to the spouse with the lower income. Alimony is not typically given to an ex-spouse who is worth millions of dollars. So then why would a movie star such as Demi Moore ask for alimony from soon-to-be ex-husband Ashton Kutcher?
Arizona residents may have heard about Kutcher's and Moore's relatively brief romance and subsequent divorce. The couple has been separated since November 2011, and the divorce has just been filed. Sources say that 50-year-old Moore is asking for alimony as a form of revenge after 35-year-old Kutcher allegedly cheated on her with a 23-year-old woman during their six-year marriage - on the night of their wedding anniversary, no less.
Although Kutcher earned much more money than Moore during their marriage, he does not believe he owes her anything despite his cheating and her claims that he was a "bad husband." To top it off, Moore is worth more than Kutcher - $150 million as opposed to his $140 million.
There are many factors that are taken into consideration when a judge considers awarding alimony. The couple's standard of living, length of marriage, ages, health and financial statuses would all be looked at. The income of both spouses would also be reviewed. Because these two are both top celebrities and are worth more than most people, it is very likely that a judge would not spend any time even considering alimony in this case. Both spouses are self-supporting and have more than enough money to last them a lifetime.
Source: The Guardian Express, "Demi Moore sought alimony from Ashton Kutcher," James Turnage, March 13, 2013