Charisma Carpenter's attorney is making Charisma look like a very cold-hearted woman. The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel star claims that the ongoing Writers Guild of America walkout has left her unemployed, and therefore without the means to afford the attorneys' fees pertaining to her current divorce proceedings, according to court documents filed Dec. 4.
What this means is that Charisma wants her husband of less than seven years, and who makes barely $2,000 a month in salary to pay all of her legal bills as well as his own. Charisma is claiming that she hasn't worked in almost three weeks, while her husband has a steady income and full-time job.
I kind of liked Charisma until all of this. Look, I am all for playing hardball in a divorce, BUT, to ask for attorney fees when you know it is a bullshit request just is vindictive and mean spirited. No judge is ever going to order Charisma's soon to be ex, Damian Hardy to pay Charisma's legal fees. It just isn't going to happen. What her attorney is trying to set up is an argument why Charisma shouldn't have to pay Damian's attorney fees, which he will probably get.
In 2004, Charisma made about $500,000 and Hardy made $0.00. First of all, Charisma needs to get a better agent because if she only made $500,000, then her agent is not trying very hard. Why did Damian make $0.00 in 2004? He was a stay at home dad to their four year old son.
I hate thinking of marriage as a business, but Charisma apparently does. There was a clause in her pre-marital agreement which said that both sides would waive spousal support if the marriage failed to last seven years. The couple got married in 2002.
Hardy, maintains that he wasn't fully aware of what he was getting into before he agreed to the premarital arrangement.
“I do not recall any discussion regarding the waiver of spousal support, and no one explained to me what rights I was giving up regarding spousal support by signing the premarital agreement,” Hardy stated.
This is actually crucial in California. I have mentioned it here before, but it bears repeating. Thanks to Barry Bonds screwing over a wife, California now requires that anyone signing a pre-marital agreement be given the opportunity to see an attorney before signing, and then if they choose not to see one, they have to sign a separate document saying they don't want to consult an attorney. There is also a waiting period after the agreement is presented and before it is allowed to be signed. A good example of that was the delay in the Britney Spears Kevin Federline wedding because the waiting period for him to sign had not elapsed.
A hearing on custody and financial issues is scheduled for Jan. 9.