Wallace filed his request for lower payments just four months after his divorce from his wife of more than 30 years, Kathryn Wallace (now Wingo), was finalized.
In court documents, Wallace claims he cannot afford his $4,000 a month payments and had been turned down in an effort to get a loan.
His modification motion, filed January 14, 2015, in Fort Bend County District Court in Texas, explains Wallace's problem. "The petitioner lacks the ability to provide spousal maintenance in the amount ordered. lacked property that could be sold, mortgaged or otherwise pledged to raise the funds needed, attempted unsuccessfully to borrow the needed funds and knew of no source from which the money could have been borrowed or otherwise legally obtained."
The Wallaces had been married for 30 years when David Wallace filed for divorce February 8, 2012, less than two months before the Joplin City Council awarded Wallace-Bajjali a contract as the city's master developer on a resolution that passed with Councilman Ben Rosenberg abstaining.
In the petition, Wallace said the marriage was "insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities."
The next year was filled with motions for restraining orders having to do with money and property. On July 26, 2013, Kathryn Wallace filed a counter-petition in which she said Wallace was "guilty of adultery" and "cruel treatment of a nature that makes further living together insupportable."
Wallace filed for bankruptcy a month after his ex-wife filed the counter claim.
In documents filed in U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in April 2015, Wallace claimed he had no income and was living off the $5,000 a month his second wife was making.
At that time, Wallace had only paid his ex-wife slightly more than $9,000.