Shawn Southwick King is requesting financial spousal support just one year after her estranged husband, Larry King, filed for a divorce.
Southwick King, 60, requested for a minimum of $33,100 per month in temporary spousal support from the 86-year-old King. In addition, she requested retroactive payments for every month since he filed for a divorce — according to court documents filed on Friday at a Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County.
After almost 22 years of marriage, King filed for divorce from Southwick King, his 7th wife, on August 20, 2019. He cited irreconcilable differences and listed the date of separation as June 6, 2019. The two married on Sept. 5, 1997, and share two sons, Cannon, 20, and Chance, 2
Southwick King said in the court filing how she put her career on hold at the beginning of their marriage after the couple agreed she “would focus on being an at-home mother” and “become a homemaker and focus on raising their children as opposed to working.”
“Now that the parties are in the process of dissolving their 22-year marriage, [Southwick King] is financially dependent on [King] at this stage of her life, due to the parties’ agreement that she would care for and raise their sons instead of pursuing her acting and singing career,” the documents read.
“[Southwick King] seeks temporary spousal support from [King] to meet and pay her living expenses.”
Back in September 2019, Southwick King said she was “blindsided” by the divorce, revealing to DailyMailTV through tears at the time: “I was crushed, I had no idea that this was coming, it hurt yeah. I was totally blindsided.”
King, who survived a near-fatal stroke just last May, revealed to PEOPLE in February about the divorce, stating: “I’m sorry about the marriage. I’ll always care for my wife. But it just hit a point where we didn’t get along.”
When King wed Southwick King in 1997, he had already been divorced seven times. It should be noted, however, two divorces were from the same woman, whom he married twice.
“I got married a lot,” he admitted. “But in my head, I’m not a marrying guy. When I grew up, nobody lived together. If you fell in love, you got married. And so I married the ones that I loved. But what I loved at 20 is not what I loved at 30, and what I loved at 30 is not what I loved at 40.”
“I never cheated on my wives,” said King. He added: “My career always came first. I used to say if CNN called with an emergency and my wife called with an emergency, I’d call CNN back first.”
On what led to his separation from Southwick King, King revealed: “We had a big age difference and that eventually takes its toll.”
“It became an issue. Also, [Shawn] is a very religious Mormon and I’m an agnostic atheist, so that eventually causes little problems,” said King. “We overcame a lot, but eventually it became a ships passing in the night situation.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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