Georgians know that spousal support can be a touchy topic when a couple
splits. Many divorcing pairs have fought long and hard over alimony, not
only whether spousal support is needed or deserved but also how much should
be provided. For Mason Durell Betha, more popularly known as the rapper
Ma$e, and his soon-to-be ex-wife, agreeing on monthly payments and other
divorce issues seems to have happened relatively quickly.
Earlier this year, the couple was reportedly going to give their 12-year
marriage another try, but the rapper, who is also the pastor of an Atlanta
church, recently finalized the divorce. Betha will reportedly pay his
wife $6,000 a month for child and spousal support. She will also have
custody of the couple's children. The two apparently also agreed on
what has been described as reasonable visitation rights. And as long as
the rapper gives 12 hours' notice before visiting, he can spend as
many as three hours a day with his children.
Whether because of celebrity divorces or the general experience of some
divorcing people, alimony has gotten a bad rap. However, there is no denying
the importance of spousal support, especially to a former spouse who was
either a stay-at-home parent or had much lower income. Alimony helps this
parent adjust to life after divorce by paying for education or employment
training. By court order, it is typically provided until the former spouse
is more financially self-sufficient.
When a court decides whether alimony will be provided by one spouse, it
considers the duration of the marriage, the assets of both parties, the
future earning capacity of both spouses and other pertinent factors. Whether
a Georgian is undergoing divorce or is having trouble making alimony payments,
consulting with a family law professional is generally very beneficial.