ESPN reports that court documents filed last month in Maricopa County, Arizona, detail Johnson’s request that Griner pay $20,000 per month in spousal support, plus $10,000 toward attorney fees. Johnson’s motion also requests that Griner continue car payments on the Mercedes that she purchased for her.
A hearing set for Aug. 17 will review evidence related to Griner’s petition and Johnson’s counter-petition. Johnson’s legal counsel wrote 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,” in the filing.
The two athletes married May 8, just weeks after being involved in a domestic violence dispute at their home. Johnson announced June 4 that she would miss the WNBA’s upcoming season because she is pregnant. The next day, Griner filed papers requesting the marriage be annulled. She said she was “pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson’s threatening statements.”
In the petition, Griner also said she was unaware when the in vitro fertilization resulting in Johnson’s pregnancy had taken place. The Phoenix Mercury center said the marriage was “based on fraud.”
According to Griner’s petition, neither party is in need of nor entitled to spousal support and both should be responsible for their own legal fees. However, Brittney also requested that she be awarded reasonable attorney fees if she has to defend herself against Glory’s “unreasonable” claims.
In the June 29 filing, Johnson said she cannot seek employment while on leave from the WNBA because she has a “high-risk multiple pregnancy.” She plans to return to the Tulsa Shock at some point after her pregnancy. In the meantime, she’s requesting that her soon-to-be-ex wife help pay “household assistance, personal trainers, and medical care not covered by her current insurance.”
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