A judge had ordered Mel B. to pay her estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, $40,000 a month in temporary spousal support the Court finally ordered after this bitter and public spousal support dispute ran through the media. Since this is quite a bit of money that means that Mel B. is earning quite a bit of money with all her projects. California Court system is geared to be gender neutral so it might seem that a man earning that much money from a women is ridiculous but it can be quite common in the family law court system where the Judges only look at your bank accounts not your gender. In addition, the Court must have looked at the standard of living the couple enjoyed during their time together. California Court must use this legal concept when deciding the amount of spousal support to be paid to the other spouse. The former Spice Girls singer also has to pay her ex a one-time payment of $140,000 for attorney and forensic fees. The forensic costs are for any accountant who has to go through all the financial documents and history of both parties. It seems that Mel B might have a significant amount of income so that an accountant was necessary to evaluate her true income from all her business ventures.
Belafonte filed a request for emergency spousal support, claiming he needed help paying for food, housing and his phone bill. Interestingly in family law court there really is no emergency for economic rewards with the family law C0urt. So its unclear how a judge awarded emergency spousal support if in fact they did just that. Emergency ex parte orders are for child custody cases or cases where a persons safety is in jeopardy and money never is an emergency issue for the family lawy court.
As previously reported, Mel B. filed for divorce from Belafonte, 42, after more than a decade of marriage. The singer, also 42, claimed that her ex cheated on her with their nanny and allegedly abused her. Mel B. is the mom of Phoenix, 18, and Angel, 10, who are from previous relationships, as well a 5-year-old daughter named Madison whom she shares with Belafonte. However, just because she got a restraining order against Belafonte did not diminish his chances for spousal support.
In April, the America’s Got Talent judge was granted a temporary restraining order against Belafonte.
“I am in fear of my safety and I am in fear of being irreparably harmed as a result of [Belafonte’s] threats,” she wrote in her court documents obtained by Us Weekly. “I fear [he] will carry out his threats against me which will collaterally harm the children.”
The film producer was ordered to stay away from his former wife and her daughters.
The exes secretly tied the knot in Las Vegas in 2007 after just weeks of dating and separated in December last year before the singer filed for divorce in April. According to the paperwork, the songstress is seeking joint legal and physical custody of Madison.