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Cleese paying millions in alimony

Texas audiences who enjoyed John Cleese's "The Alimony Tour" may not be too surprised that the title of the show was based on real circumstances from his life. After he and his psychotherapist wife entered into a divorce settlement, the comedian of the one-man show has had to tour to make enough money to pay his hefty alimony payments.

The comedian and psychotherapist were married for 16 years. They had no children together. While they were divorced in 2008, their divorce settlement was entered into in 2009. According to the stipulated terms of that agreement, the comedian agreed to pay $13 million in cash and assets. He experienced success with "Monty Python" and his comedic tour, but he says that he is not sitting around and selectively choosing roles at this point in the 74-year-old's career. The terms of the agreement also stipulated that he is to pay his ex-wife $1 million a year until 2016.

The comedian says that by the time that he is through paying alimony, that he will have paid out about $23 million to $24 million. He says that he had to sell off four of the five properties that he owns, and he has had to work hard to make up the rest. Since his divorce from his third wife, he was remarried to a woman who is 43 years old in August 2012.

Individuals who are contending with divorce legal issues may decide to consult with a family law attorney. Such a professional may be able to provide advice about the property division settlement, including suggestions about how to liquidate assets in exchange for paying less spousal support. A divorce attorney may be able to assist individuals with other issues related to the end of a marriage, such as child custody or post-divorce modifications.

Source: The Huffington Post, "John Cleese's Alimony Payments Are No Laughing Matter", January 31, 2014

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