After 16 years of marriage, Melissa Gilbert has decided to file for divorce from her husband, Bruce Boxleitner. Gilbert cited “irreconcilable differences” and listed the date of separation as the date of their 16th wedding anniversary. The couple have one son, Michael, age 15. Additionally, Melissa is seeking spousal support and joint legal/physical custody of their son.
Interestingly enough, Melissa’s younger sister, Sara Gilbert, also announced her split with her partner, Allison Adler, who was her partner for 10 years.
From an Orange County divorce lawyer’s perspective, the parties herein were married for more than 10 years, which is considered a long term marriage in California. Since Melissa is seeking spousal support, if she were to be awarded same, the court would retain jurisdiction over same. (i.e. her spousal support awarded would not be limited to one-half of the length of the marriage like in short term marriages of less than ten years)
The parties will also have to work out their Los Angeles County child custody and visitation issues. The parties son is 15 years old so he is able to state with whom he would like to live with, among other issues.
At any rate, going through an Orange County or Los Angeles County divorce can be very stressful. Hiring an Orange County divorce lawyer to assist you in any spousal support, child support, child custody, visitation and property division issues is key.
Contact an Orange County divorce lawyer for more information.