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Celebrity divorce raises question of alimony

As matters of property division, asset allocation, and possible child support measures are being settled over the course of a divorce, one crucial possible term that both husband and wife should keep in mind is that of spousal support.

Alimony has been most frequently included in a divorce settlement when it is apparent one person may be at a significant financial hardship in the wake of separation. Both in Dallas and across the nation, such a stipulation has become increasingly rare as income disparity between men and women continues to decrease. Still, especially in high-asset divorces, such a measure could have a monumental effect on the future lives of both persons involved.

Still, alimony can sometimes be sought for reasons other than financial stability. One ongoing celebrity divorce that has been well-storied in both print and online tabloids showcases this very situation. Actress Demi Moore has, according to recent reports, demanded spousal support from her estranged husband Ashton Kutcher as part of their current divorce settlement.

Close friends of Moore have hinited that the actress may be requesting support as a sort of financial revenge for Kutcher's cheating during their marriage. However, the likelihood of a judge's approving that request has been cast into doubt given the fact that Moore's current fortune far eclipses her husband's.

Regardless of conventional wisdom and past precedents, every divorce case is different and has its own unique terms and objectives. Those who think they may have a right to spousal support for any reason should, at the very least, discuss the prospect with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Demi Moore 'Really Hurt': Is Ashton Kutcher Spousal Support Request An Act of Revenge? (Report)," Cavan Sieczkowski, Mar. 9, 2013

•High-asset divorces engender necessarily higher stakes that extend to spousal support terms. For more information, contact our Texas family law page.

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