WNBA star Glory Johnson is seeking temporary spousal support and attorney fees from her former wife Brittney Griner, ESPN reports.
Griner petitioned to annul their marriage in June, just one month after the two married.
According to court documents filed last month in Maricopa County, Arizona, Johnson is requesting that Griner pay $20,000 per month in spousal support, plus a $10,000 advance toward attorney fees for Johnson’s counsel.
A hearing, set for Aug. 17, will review evidence related to Griner’s petition and Johnson’s counter-petition. Stasy Click, who is representing Johnson, wrote that Griner has “far superior control over the family’s financial resources” and that Johnson is “without the necessary financial means to pay for legal representation in this matter,” in the filing.
The two athletes married May 8, just weeks after being involved in a domestic violence dispute at their home in April. Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, announced June 4 that she would miss the WNBA’s upcoming season because she is pregnant.
The next day, Griner filed papers requesting the marriage be annulled. The Phoenix Mercury center said she was “pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson’s threatening statements.”
In the petition, Griner also said she was unaware when the in vitro fertilization resulting in Johnson’s pregnancy had taken place. She also said the marriage was “based on fraud.”
Like Johnson, Griner has also requested that she be awarded reasonable attorney fees if she has to defend herself against Johnson’s “unreasonable” claims.
In the June 29 filing, Johnson said she cannot seek other employment while on leave from the WNBA because she has a “high-risk multiple pregnancy.” Johnson plans to return to the WNBA at some point after her pregnancy.
In the meantime, her counsel is arguing that she needs “household assistance, personal trainers, and medical care not covered by her current insurance.”
Johnson’s motion also requested that Griner continue car payments on the Mercedes that she purchased for her.