Comedian’s Divorce From Wife of 10 Years Getting Nasty
Mike Epps’ estranged wife has accused the comedian of halting his support payments to her in a bid to force her to accept a lowball divorce settlement agreement.
Mechelle Epps accused her estranged husband of cutting her off financially as a way to pressure her into what she said is a bad divorce deal.
Mechelle said she deserves $118,468 a month in temporary spousal and child support, but Mike said she should get much less than that – $26,503 to be exact – because his massive debts to the tax man should come first.
“Mike is attempting to force me to settle by cutting off my support,” Mechelle said in a declaration that was obtained by BOSSIP. “He has been paying our bills like always, until recently. Now he is cutting off my access to bank accounts and credit cards in an attempt to coerce me to settle.”
But the “Next Friday” actor said she has to tone down her spending because he owes some $2.6 million to the IRS. His lawyers said the Epps’ family lavish lifestyle was basically funded with debt, and Mike has such little savings that he’d have to start selling his properties to keep up with the alimony and child support payments.
“If granted, Mechelle’s requests for support and fees would be financially ruinous for this family, and therefore must be denied,” Mike’s lawyers wrote in court docs.
Mechelle said in court papers that come July 1, she’ll need a total of $118,468 a month to support herself, maintain their L.A. mansion and care for their two daughters. She said she’s been unemployed for most of her adult life, and that throughout their relationship, Mike encouraged her not to work and stay at home.
She said their mansion alone costs $30,000 a month to maintain, and she needs the child support because she is their daughters’ primary caregiver and Mike only sees his girls a few hours a week. She said their nanny is paid $3,500 a month and the children attend a private school that costs $72,000 a year in tuition.
Mechelle said she spends between $5,000 and $10,000 a month on clothes and shoes, and also spends several thousand a month on clothes, shoes and organic food for the kids.
“The amount he wants to limit me to is far below what we have routinely spent on the children and for my living expenses,” Mechelle said in court papers.
Besides the $118,468 a month – $31,012 in child support and $87,456 in alimony – Mechelle wants Mike to let her have exclusive use of their former family home and pay her attorney’s fees.
Epps, 46 and Mechelle, 36, married in 2005 before splitting last year. They have two children, Moriah, 12 and Madison, 10.
A judge has yet to rule on the matter.