Lack of California Prenuptial Agreement Becomes Lopez-Anthony Focus

In the celebrity-watching portion of the media the unexpected news that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are planning a Southern California divorce was quickly overtaken by speculation regarding the couple’s prenuptial agreement, or possible lack thereof.

According to the Los Angeles Times the anticipated divorce will be the third for Lopez and second for Anthony. The website Hollywood Life notes that the couple have three-year-old twins, but speculation, so far, has focused more on money than on Los Angeles or Orange County child custody. The couple have been married since 2004.

Lopez and Anthony, of course, are both high-earning celebrities. But it seems fair to say that her fame – and in all likelihood her income – far exceeds his. As Hollywood Life points out, Jennifer’s recent stint as a judge on “American Idol” has almost certainly been more lucrative than anything Anthony has done in recent years. The website cites other celebrity publications putting the couple’s “combined worth at $350 million.” It also notes that after paying ex-husband #2, Cris Judd, an estimated $14 million one would assume that Lopez would have made some effort to protect her assets during later marriages. The circumstantial evidence available so far, however, suggests otherwise.

As I have said before when writing about celebrities, the fact that the rest of us do not have hundreds of millions of dollars at stake does not mean that splits like this one do not hold lessons for a couple entering into a lower-profile Orange County divorce.

An experienced Orange County divorce lawyer can be your most important advisor and ally during the complicated, and often emotionally challenging, period surrounding a divorce. In addition to financial arrangements, discussions over Orange County child custody and visitation can frequently become difficult. Every person seeking to dissolve a marriage needs skilled legal advice and assistance to ensure the protection of their rights.

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