A man allegedly told police that he robbed a Gilbert bank in order to afford his monthly alimony payments to his ex-wife, reports The Arizona Republic.
Donald Bruce McKay was arrested last Tuesday morning minutes after reportedly holding up US Bank employees at gunpoint for $2,312. According to a police report, McKay allegedly committed the robbery to "pay his bills and spousal support," The Republic reported.
As of August 31, McKay reportedly owed his ex-wife, Mary McKay, $2,600 in alimony payments, according to The Republic. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge had ordered Donald to pay $650 a month in alimony payments for four years. Because he was unemployed, he turned to a life of crime in order to meet the judge's orders, according to police.
McKay also had other options to deal with his alimony payments besides robbing a Gilbert bank. Courts typically have broad discretion in determining how much alimony should be awarded. They will often consider multiple factors in making the award, including the ability of the payer spouse to support the recipient while supporting him or herself. McKay could have simply submitted a petition to the Maricopa County Superior court to modify spousal maintenance. Although it requires a filing fee and some time, it beats the potential consequences of an armed robbery charge.
If you are having trouble making your alimony payments, don't follow Donald Bruce McKay's example and attempt to rob a Gilbert bank. Instead, contact a Phoenix family law attorney to see if you qualify for a spousal support modification.