The 63-year-old star has reportedly filed legal documents seeking to end the $21,000 (£14,800) a month payments he has made to Pamela, 52, since their 2006 divorce.

According to editors at, the documents show the star claims the huge spousal support payments have led to him raiding his retirement savings as his income is insufficient to cover his expenses and support his ex-wife.

The gossip site also report that he argues his ex-wife could take on acting work in an effort to become self-supporting.

The alimony dispute will not be the first time the estranged couple have had legal wrangles over the details of their divorce.

In 2008 a Los Angeles judge ordered Pamela to vacate a property owned by the former Baywatch actor and in 2009 a U.S. court ruled Pamela had been making frivolous legal claims against her ex and ordered her to pay his legal expenses.

Since his 2006 split from his actress ex, David has found love with Welsh beauty Hayley Roberts, who he has been dating since 2013.

He will also be returning to make a cameo appearance in the forthcoming film adaptation of Baywatch.

The movie, which stars Dwayne Johnson in David's former role as muscle-bound lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, is due for release next year (17).