It’s been nearly a year since Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore announced their split and yet neither spouse has officially filed a divorce petition, leaving many people wondering what’s taking so long.
According to the New York Post, disagreements regarding the financial terms of the divorce settlement may be to blame for the hold-up.
“Two And A Half Men” star Kutcher was the highest-paid actor on TV last year, raking in some $24 million — considerably more than Moore. However, he reportedly does not want to give his estranged wife a big pay-out in the divorce settlement. Sources told the New York Post that the couple’s lawyers are trying to negotiate the settlement privately to avoid going before a judge in what would no doubt be a very public court dispute.
Moore announced her plans to divorce Kutcher in November 2011, after rumors circulated that he had a one-night stand with a 22-year-old woman in San Diego during the couple’s sixth anniversary weekend.
From an Orange County Divorce Lawyer’s perspective and according to community property laws, all assets acquired during the marriage is considered community property. Further, anything acquired post-separation, before marriage or gifts are considered separate property.
For purposes of determining spousal support, unless there is a prenuptial agreement in place setting forth what happens in the event of a divorce, each parties’ incomes are going to come into play, which means Kutcher’s $24 million salary will surely be an issue.
Luckily the couple do not have any children together, otherwise, issues relating to child custody and visitation will also be dealt with.
Regardless, contact an Orange County divorce lawyer for assistance in any divorce, spousal support, child support or child custody matter.