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How Much Can Evelyn Lozada Get in Chad Johnson Divorce?

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By Andrew Lu on August 15, 2012 9:54 AM

After 41 days of marriage, Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce from her allegedly cheating husband Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson.

The couple reportedly starting arguing earlier this week after Lozada discovered a receipt for a box of condoms in the trunk of their Smart car, reports ABC. It's not clear why, but Lozada immediately became suspicious and confronted Johnson.

The confrontation quickly became violent, and Johnson was charged with head-butting his wife. Instead of trying to save their short marriage, Lozada decided to file for divorce. So what can Lozada expect to gain from her divorce from the high-profile former NFL star?

Besides much needed publicity, Lozada shouldn't expect to gain too much from the Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson divorce.

Generally, during a divorce, a court will consider the individual circumstances of each spouse in determining how much spousal support (or alimony) should be awarded. Most courts will consider several factors such as:

  • The age, physical condition, emotional state, and financial condition of the former spouses;
  • The couple's standard of living during the marriage;
  • The length of the marriage; and
  • The ability of the payer spouse to support the recipient and still support himself.

In Evelyn Lozada's case, she has a couple factors that work strongly against her receiving a large alimony payment. First, the couple was married for only 41 days. And in that time, Johnson was hardly a high earner as he was struggling to make an NFL team; earnings from his reality TV show were shared with Lozada.

Second, Johnson has lost his primary sources of income since the head-butting incident. The Miami Dolphins cut him from the team, and VH1 cancelled his reality show, reports ABC. In fact, Lozada's starring role on "Basketball Wives" may make her the higher earner.

So while the Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson divorce probably will not net Lozada a lot of money, she will rid herself of an allegedly cheating husband. And who can put a price tag on that?

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