Los Angeles Divorce Petition Filed by Buzz Aldrin

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has filed a California divorce petition in Los Angeles, seeking to end his marriage to Lois Cannon, according to MSNBC.

Aldrin, the second human to set foot on the moon, is 81. He and Cannon have been married for 23 years. The couple have no children, though Aldrin has three grown kids from his first marriage (Cannon is his third wife).

Though Aldrin was in the military when he was part of the space program in the 1960s, he has recently emerged as a pop culture figure beyond the world of space aficionados. The former astronaut has appeared on popular TV shows such as 30 Rock, Dancing with the Stars and WWE Raw Live, the website notes. He is also an author and has been involved in efforts to promote commercial spaceflight. All of this presumably makes for a marital estate far larger than that of most military retirees.

MSNBC does not say whether or not Aldrin and Cannon have a California prenuptial agreement in place. Presumably the bulk of their assets – including the substantial paychecks Aldrin would have drawn on a program like Dancing With the Stars – will now be subject to the state’s community property laws.

Untangling situations such can be difficult. Doing so can be especially difficult without the assistance of an Orange County divorce lawyer. We have here a couple in which the main breadwinner has been married before – and may still be liable for payments related to those earlier marriages – but where a significant portion of the assets from a long marriage were probably acquired relatively recently. Assessing these sort of complexities is one of the most important services an experienced Santa Ana, Costa Mesa or Anaheim family law attorney can offer.

MSNBC: Buzz Aldrin breaks up with third wife