Larry King's estranged wife Shawn Southwick seeks $33K monthly spousal support amid divorce proceedings
The actress, 60, is additionally seeking retroactive payments for every month as spousal support since he filed for divorce in August 2019.
Larry King’s estranged wife, Shawn Southwick, has filed for temporary financial support from the longtime CNN host to the amount of $33,100, even as they continue their divorce battle. According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, the actress, 60, is additionally seeking retroactive payments for every month as spousal support since he filed for divorce in August 2019. The legal filing stated that Southwick was seeking the financial payments from King on a “temporary” basis to “meet and pay her Iiving expenses" since she was “financially dependent” on her soon-to-be former spouse at this time “due to the parties" agreement.”
She claimed that she paused her acting and singing career in order to become a full-time mother to now-adult sons and a homemaker. Meanwhile, King, who is 86 years old, has no plans of retiring from his lucrative career of broadcasting, according to Southwick. King recently signed a $5 million podcast deal, she added in the filing, citing a May report from Variety. She also claimed that she was the owner of the couple's former family home and should receive all proceeds from its subsequent sale. And if King challenges the agreement concerning the property in the future, Southwick said she would ask for a separate court hearing to handle the dispute.
King and Southwick got married in September 1997. They share sons Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20. After nearly 22 years of marriage, King had filed for divorce from Southwick. This was the second time that the couple had decided to legally separate. Back in April 2010, the pair filed for divorce but they never went forward with the filing as they announced their reconciliation a few months later.
Southwick said that she was “crushed” and “blindsided” by the announcement of their second separation, speaking to Daily Mail in September last year. "I’m sad. I never expected to be at this place in my life, in our lives and have this happen in such a public way,” she said breaking her silence on her divorce for the first time. “I don’t think, again I’m not in Larry’s head, I refuse to believe that he intended to humiliate me. It’s strange, I can’t quite wrap my head around it, but it is what it is … it hurts.”
The 'Christmas Eve' star added that although she had a lot of respect for the broadcaster, she still thought it was important to maintain her individuality and express her opinions from time to time, even if they are at odds with her estranged husband. “Larry has a very strong personality. Larry does what Larry wants. That doesn’t mean that I can’t disagree with him, because I have and I do and will continue for as long as we are on this earth," she said.
We previously reported that the past month was really tough for King as he lost his 65-year-old son Andy and his daughter Chaia, who was 51, within weeks of each other. While the latter died of lung cancer, the reason for the death of the former was not known.
According to reports, Andy was King's stepson as he adopted him in 1962 after marrying his mother, Alene Akins. The couple had Chaia in 1969. "Larry and his three remaining children are distraught, and Larry’s still recovering from his own health issues from last year," a source told Page Six. While another insider added: "He did two live shows (of Hulu’s 'Politiking with Larry King'). It’s his way of processing."