Drama filled a Canada courtroom as one of the stars of Real Housewives of Vancouver testified in a divorce case. Jody Claman provided testimony for several days during the divorce trial that endured two weeks. Specifically, she was asked questions about her income, assets and spending.
Claman was married to a mining executive. He filed for divorce in 2013. While the show lasted for only two years before being cancelled in 2013, Claman provided information regarding her income that she earned on the show. She said that she received $800,000 for the two seasons in which she appeared on the reality show. She told the media outside court that she was being sued for half of her assets, spousal support and child maintenance. She had to answer questions about how much of her earnings were derived from her daughter’s clothing store and how much members of her staff were paid.
Her present financial state is reportedly in stark contrast to the income she was yielding while on the reality show. She testified that she was currently in $148,000 of debt. She reported her monthly expenses at $50,000 which allegedly include three monthly mortgage payments and $6,000 for monthly credit card payments. She said that she had not yet earned any income in 2014 and that she wanted to run her catering company again. However, she reported that she lacked the necessary funds for equipment.
Individuals who are concerned that divorce may be looming in their future may opt to discuss their case and options with a family law attorney. In some cases, individuals can settle a dispute instead of litigating it in order to avoid the expense, time and lack of privacy that a trial might entail.
Source: The Province, “Real Housewives’ divorce trial plays out like, well, a reality TV show”, Susan Lazaruk, June 28, 2014
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