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Celebrity dad trying to divorce outside of Texas

A long list of important factors goes into the filing, mediation, possible litigation, and finalization of a divorce. From child custody, family history, shared business capital, to personal property and wealth, the number of deteails that both spouses must be aware of is extensive. However, one important aspect of a legal separation that may often go overlooked is location.

Questions of who, what, and why are peppered all throughout a divorce's progression from beginning to end. However, the question of "where?" should never be left unanswered, especially for Texans. As celebrity couple Joe and Tina Simpson, parents of music and pop culture icons Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, continue in their ongoing divorce, the issue of location has arisen in a very significant way.

Joe, who has recently dealt with increasing rumors of his hidden homosexuality, has been pushing to move the couple's divorce from Texas westward, to California and its legal standard of no-fault divorce.

Simpson has already been offered $100 million of his wife's $300 million fortune as part of a divorce settlement, but it seems he's looking for more. Here in Texas, where a judge can find fault in a divorce and divide property accordingly, it appears that a decision will likely fall in favor of Tina, who herself initially filed for the separation.

In addition to a larger share of his wife's wealth, Joe is likely seeking a greater stake in the profits of the Jessica Simpson Collection, a clothing line centered around the couple's older daughter. Tina currently has a managing role in the line, which netted her millions of dollars in income last year alone. Joe allegedly earned roughly $200,000 over the same time period.

A move out of Texas and into a Los Angeles court could change the fate of millions of dollars between the couple. Although there may indeed be some valid grounds for holding the case in California, Tina in this case has as much of a right to contest the process's location as Joe does. In these situations of geographic dispute, the added help of a family law attorney may help to tip the scales, and thus, decide the fate of millions.

Source: Radar Online, "Simpson Divorce Battle Heats Up! Joe & Tina Are Fighting Over Money," Jon Boon, Jan. 23.2013

Transferring a divorce outside of Texas could change the very nature of all terms involved. For help and information on how to approach such an issue, contact our Dallas high-asset divorce law page.

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