Whilst their marriage was amicably divorced in 2009, Afton Smith and Brendan Fraser made headlines once more when he sought to reduce the alimony he paid her in 2013.
Divorce finalized in 2009
Brendan Fraser was married to Afton Smith in 1998. The couple had three sons and split in 2007. It’s not clear who filed for divorce, but it was likely Afton and not Brendan.
The divorce was formally finalized in 2009. Afton was to receive $900,000 in alimony per year, though we don’t know for how many years, and Brendan agreed to pay $300,000 in child support every year as well.
By the time the couple split Brendan’s heydays were already over. Whilst he was certainly busy enough with TV engagements and movies, he was most certainly not in the same demand as in the late 90’s.
When the couple divorced he was worth an estimated $45 million. Hence the hefty alimony. But then again, the couple did have three children and Afton retired from her career.
Now, we wouldn’t be talking about this divorce, if there wasn’t some kind of twist. The divorce is said to have been reasonably amicable.
But when the time came that Brendan realized his career was in serious trouble, he sought to have his monthly alimony payments reduced to reflect his lower income. His situation was aggravated by a back injury that he received in a freak accident at home during Hurricane Sandy. He needed surgery to treat the injury and extensive rehabilitation. Additionally his doctors advised against him doing his own stunts in the future.
Worried about lower income, the forced break and fewer projects ahead of him, Brendan went to court to have his alimony reviewed in 2013.
Looking at his career in the past ten years, things have certainly quietened down considerably for him. He is only 46 and that’s not really an age to retire at. But he is not quite out of employment just yet.
When he asked for reduced alimony he claimed to be poor, which would require quite a stretch of the imagination, especially considering that he had five movies coming out in 2013. But since then there hasn’t been much going on.
Afton hit back shortly after Brendan’s plea made the news and claimed that he was hiding his money and more than capable to continue his payments. The whole affair sounded really rather nasty. Usually alimony payments are made for a set amount of years or until the ex-partner remarries. Clearly Afton hadn’t remarried yet.
We don’t actually know what became of Brendan’s request. Afton quite nastily said that the alimony could only be reduced once Brendan earned less than $3 million a year and that hadn’t been the case yet. We can be pretty certain, however, that he didn’t make $3 million this year.
Hopefully for Brendan he won’t have to pay alimony much longer. It’s a bit of a shame that Afton reacted the way she did. She receives $50,000 per month and has done for years. Who needs that much money? A little generosity would have suited her quite well. Now she just looks greedy.