Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson make court appearance in divorce proceeding

Glory Johnson made her argument for spousal support from Brittney Griner in an evidentiary hearing Monday in Phoenix.

Johnson, appearing via telephone, is asking for $20,000 a month from Griner, who appeared in Maricopa County, Arizona, Superior Court in person and said she could not afford that much.

It was the latest legal proceeding in the divorce between the two WNBA players, who wed May 8 after being involved in a domestic violence incident April 22 at their Arizona home.

Court commissioner Jacki Ireland took under advisement Johnson's motions for Griner to pay spousal support and attorney fees. The next court date for Griner and Johnson is Sept. 23.

Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, announced June 4 that she would miss this WNBA season because she is pregnant. The next day, Griner -- a member of the Phoenix Mercury -- filed papers requesting the marriage be annulled or dissolved and saying she was "pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson's threatening statements." In mid-July, Johnson petitioned for spousal support.

On Wednesday, the court found no legal basis for annulment, and the case is proceeding as a dissolution of the marriage with minor children. Johnson is due to give birth to twins in February. She is requesting the $20,000 in alimony at least until she can return to work in the 2016 WNBA season.

In her June 5 petition, Griner said she was unaware when the in vitro fertilization resulting in Johnson's pregnancy had taken place. Griner said the parties had acquired "minimal community property and incurred minimal community debts during their three-week marriage." Griner and Johnson were engaged in August 2014.