David Hasselhoff claims Pamela Bach has ability to work and that he should not have to pay spousal support.
In California, spousal support can be ordered based on the extent to which the earning capacity of each spouse is sufficient to maintain the standard of living during marriage. One of the factors in determining this is each spouse's earning capacity. Essentially, if you are able to work and earn enough to support yourself but choose not to and just receive support, that isn't good enough. You have to show that you are unable to earn enough to maintain the standard of living during the marriage.
In the case of David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach, Bach claims that she is unable to find work due to a 2003 motorcycle accident. But after seeing recent videos online that show Bach playing basketball and being very physically active, Hasselhoff is claiming that Bach's claims are bogus, and that she should no longer be receiving spousal support. If Hasselhoff's claims that Bach is able to work are true, his spousal support payments could be lowered or even terminated. This serves an important reminder that court orders in family law can often be modified, so while you might think something is over, it can always come back around.
There are likely more details than have been made public about Bach's ability to work, but nevertheless, this goes to show the grand effects that social media can have on our divorce disputes (see our blog from October about social media: http://www.eastbaydivorceattorneys.com/blog/divorce-and-social-media-be-careful-what-you-post ).
Maria E. Crabtree, CFLS