Los Angeles, CA- The marriage between Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas appeared to be an anomaly in Hollywood lasting nearly new decades, but as we all know nothing lasts forever. Last Friday, Griffith filed divorce documents and now on of the most enduring marriages in Tinsel Town is coming to an end.
In the divorce documents obtained by TMZ, Griffith lists “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split and sources tell the celebrity news site the split is amicable.
“We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together,” the couple said in a joint statement released through their publicist.
According to the divorce documents, Griffith, who won an Oscar for her performance in Working Girl, is seeking sole custody of their 17 year-old daughter and is also seeking for child support from Banderas.
Additionally, Griffith, who hired legendary divorce attorney Laura Wasser, is seeking spousal support.
Sources close to the couple say dividing their assets will be complicated as they own a number of properties in the U.S. and in Spain, TMZ reported.
Griffith and Banderas have been dogged by divorce rumors before but one friend told People they never thought the two would split. “There is so much love there,” a friend of the couple told People.
The couple met on the set of the 1995 film Too Much, but at the time they were married to other people. Griffith and Banderas eventually wed in 1996.
Banderas is Griffith’s fourth husband. She was married to Don Johnson twice and Steven Bauer. Griffith is Banderas’ second wife.
The split between Griffith and Banderas may be amicable, but that isn’t the case for many couples in Hollywood or otherwise. Any divorce whether the couple is famous or not can get ugly quickly over issues like child custody and division of assets.
Divorce will have a dramatic impact on a couple’s finances especially of one spouse earns more than the other. However a divorce attorney will work to assure that a spouse who earns less or has no income of their own will be protected throughout the divorce process and is able to maintain the lifestyle they are accustomed to.
Typically, issues over property division are settled long before a couple heads to court. If they cannot come up with a reasonable compromise on how to divide their assets then the court will decide that for them. This is the last thing a couple wants to happen since such a decision is out of their control and they may be less than pleased with the outcome.
A divorce lawyer can help a couple avoid the many pitfalls of a contentious divorce by working closely with their clients and an estranged spouse to come up with a reasonable compromise on how to divide their assets to the benefit of them both.