Zoe McLellan, whom Louisiana fans may know as the star of CBS' "NCIS:
New Orleans," recently announced that she is getting a divorce from
her husband, actor J.P. Gillain.
Attorney Layfield took note of this story not only because of the (fictitious)
Louisiana connection, but because as a
Baton Rouge divorce attorney, he notices news developments about people going through the same issues
that many of his clients face. McLellan and Gillain are celebrities, but
the core elements of their divorce are not significantly different from
those in the divorces of ordinary couples.
Another thing to note about this story: Gillain is supposedly seeking spousal
support from McLellan. Since "NCIS" is a hit franchise, McLellan
is well-compensated for her work; reportedly, she makes $45,000 per episode.
Gillain's career hasn't been quite as successful, so he is allegedly
asking McLellan to make payments to him so that he can enjoy a lifestyle
as close as possible to what they enjoyed while they were married.
People tend to think of "alimony" as payments made by an ex-husband
to his ex-wife, but that's too simplistic a view. These days, it is
not uncommon for a wife to out-earn her husband. Spousal support is just
that -- payments made by the spouse who is better able to pay to support
the other spouse, at least until the recipient spouse is able to support
him or herself.
If you are a Baton Rouge-area resident and you think you need to speak
to a family law attorney, please know that Attorney Layfield is available
Reach out to is firm today if you need assistance with a
family law or divorce issue.