Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

TV host Aisha Tyler owes ex-husband millions in spousal support

When one spouse makes a significant amount of money while the other does not, spousal support may be awarded to the lesser-earning spouse upon the couple's divorce. Spousal support can be awarded to husbands and wives of all economic levels. The idea is to support the lesser earning spouse so they can maintain the lifestyle they became accustomed to during marriage.

Actress and talk show host Aisha Tyler has finalized her divorce from her husband of 20 years, Jeffrey Tietjens, and will owe him $2 million in spousal support. Tyler will pay him just over $31,000 each month for the next four years, from January 5, 2017, to January 5, 2021, for a total of $1.5 million. Additionally, she will pay $500,000 to Tietjens in cash to equalize the earlier division of community property between them.

While this is the current arrangement, things may change if Tietjens gets remarried or if either party passes away before the final payment is owed. The court is also permitted to reconsider the arrangement for a variety of other reasons.

The couple also has a number of assets to divide between them, plus earnings from the sale of their marital home. However, some property decisions have already been made. Tyler will keep a 2013 Tesla and her two companies, BTDO Media and Hot Machine. Tietjens will keep a 2012 Lexus 450h.

It can be difficult to deal with complex Utah divorce issues such as property division and spousal support. Getting the right information can help you navigate the process and ensure that you are well taken care of when your divorce is made final.

Source: People, "The Talk's Aisha Tyler to Pay Ex-Husband $2 Million in Spousal Support Court Documents," Natalie Stone, May 19, 2017

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