He’s worked with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Madonna, Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Hudson but soon Timothy Zachery Mosley will be working with a judge to hammer out the details of his divorce to Monique Idlett Mosley. Mosley, the multi-hyphenate music producer better known as Timbaland, wed Mosley in 2008 at a lavish ceremony in Aruba. Now, five years later, Mosley has filed for divorce. And while celebrity divorces are nothing uncommon, her list of demands is far from ordinary.
In her recently filed court documents, Mosley is requesting alimony, a form of monetary allowance that one spouse pays to the other spouse for maintenance and support while they are separated or after they have divorced. According to the IRS, former spouses pay approximately $9 billion in alimony every year. Timbaland, whose net worth is valued at $80 million, may soon be another IRS statistic. Mosley isn’t requesting one type of alimony, she is requesting two – “rehabilitative alimony” and “permanent alimony.” Rehabilitative alimony is financial support that enables a spouse without training or education to obtain the schooling and credentials necessary to become self-sufficient. Permanent alimony, on the other hand, is a form of financial support that lasts indefinitely or until one of the two spouses dies. Many states have abandoned the practice of permanent alimony but it is still going strong in states ranging from Florida to New Jersey.
Not only is Mosley requesting alimony, she is also requesting child support, summer camp and private school for her children. She is requesting financial child support not only for the 5-year old child she shares with Timbaland but also the 10-year old child from a previous relationship. According to Mosley, she deserves financial assistance for the 10-year old due to the fact that Timbaland publicly and privately claimed the child as his own. Under the law can a judge order a spouse to pay child support for a child that is not biologically theirs? Yes. Under most state statutes, a husband’s child support obligations for a child who is not biologically his depends on a number of factors including how the husband held out the relationship between himself and the child. So, if Timbaland held himself out to be the father of the child, there is a strong possibility a judge could rule in her favor.
If you’ve been keeping track, that’s rehabilitative alimony, permanent alimony, summer camp, and private school. Also, add her request for life insurance, vacations and attorney fees. Remember the Timbaland hit ‘Ching Ching’? Mrs. Mosley must’ve been taking copious notes.
Jaia Thomas is a Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment attorney. For more information: www.jathomaslaw.com or @jaiathomaslaw.