John Schneider opened up about the legal situation he’s facing with his estranged wife, Elvira “Elly” Castle.
The couple had been married for 21 years before she filed for divorce in 2014. Schneider claims that his three children also do not speak to him.
He said that he cannot pay the “$19,000 per month” alimony due to his own financial issues. He’s been struggling since his movie studio in Louisiana flooded in 2016.
“I can’t not do what I feel is the right thing,” the actor told Nash Country Daily. “So when something screams of injustice—and it’s usually about other people—then I can’t not do something about it. Lately, I do honestly feel there’s been a tremendous amount of injustice done to me, and I also can’t not do something about it.”
He continued to say that Castle refuses to work and that the alimony is set too high.
“She feels like she’s entitled to it. She doesn’t work and she hasn’t worked since we got married,” Schneider continued. “And there is a group, I guess, out there that says, ‘Well, she gave up a career to become a housewife.’ Well, no, we had nannies.”
“I don’t wish Elly to hurt like I hurt right now, I really don’t,” the Dukes of Hazard star said. “But the laws of nature dictate that she’s going to, and it’s gonna hurt her bad. When those kids won’t talk to her, I don’t know how she’s gonna take that.”