Pennsylvania WNBA fans may have heard that a judge denied Glory Johnson’s spousal support request from Brittany Griner on Aug. 20. Johnson had reportedly been seeking $20,000 a month to pay for food and hired help. The two were married for just 28 days prior to Griner seeking a divorce.
Johnson and Griner were reportedly married on May 8. On June 4, Johnson announced that she was pregnant with twins so she would not be playing during this season. The following day, Griner filed to have the marriage either dissolved or annulled after claiming that she had been pressured into it by Johnson. Johnson stated that Griner was aware that she was pursing a pregnancy through in vitro fertilization, but Griner stated she was not aware that the process that resulted in the pregnancy had taken place.
It was ruled on Aug. 12 that there was no basis for an annulment. The court recommended that the two women attempt to reach a settlement prior to the next hearing, which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 23. Once the twins are born, Johnson may have the opportunity to seek child support from Griner.
The dissolution of a same-sex marriage can be difficult, especially if there are children involved. A family law attorney can potentially help protect a person’s parental rights, including his or her right to seek custody or child support. Additionally, the attorney may help a parent who did not give birth to the children go through the adoption process so that his or rights are protected and that the children will have the opportunity to have a strong relationship with both parents.
Source: ESPN, “Judge denies Glory Johnson’s request of support from Brittney Griner“, Mechelle Voepel, Aug. 20, 2015