High asset divorce cases are notorious for yielding requests for enormous alimony checks that most of us could never even fathom – and the spousal-support dispute between Walmart heiress Paige Laurie and her ex-husband has proven to be no exception. Laurie’s ex-husband Patrick Bode Dubbert claims he requires a staggering $400,000 per month in spousal support in order to sustain his current standard of living.
Dubbert says he grew accustomed to a luxurious lifestyle while married to Laurie, granddaughter of the original James “Bud” Walton who co-founded retail giant Walmart in 1962. Dubbert also claims he needs some time to get back into the job market, especially since he previously co-owned a retail center in Malibu with Laurie.
If you’re having trouble imagining exactly how one person could require $400,000 each month to cover basic expenses, an itemized breakdown of Dubbert’s monthly costs may help: his extravagant lifestyle comes with extravagant price tags. According to TMZ, his monthly expenses include a lavish rental home that costs between $40,000 and $60,000, up to $80,000 in entertainment expenses, as well as a $2,500 stipend for making charitable donations. Additional monthly costs involve $10,000 for furniture; $6,700 for a personal chef; $5,000 for clothing; $2,500 for a personal trainer; $30,000 for vacations; $1,000 for a personal stylist; and $4,000 for a driver.
The former high-school sweethearts split up last March when Laurie filed for divorce after six years of marriage. The divorce process has been highly antagonistic thus far, with Dubbert accusing Laurie of having an affair and Laurie filing a civil lawsuit against Dubbert for stealing from their shared business. Dubbert’s decision to request $400,000 a month from his ex-wife was not announced until eleven months after the divorce.