Celebrity divorces seem to constantly be in news around the country, and these situations often provide valuable lessons for others who are considering a formal legal separation.
Singer Kelly Clarkson ends her marriage and asks to not pay alimony
The divorce of popular singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson made national headlines.
Clarkson was married to Brandon Blackstock for about seven years before the divorce was filed. Blackstock was a talent manager who had ties to Clarkson’s former manager, which was how they initially met. They had their wedding ceremony in October of 2013. Clakrson is 38 years old and this was her first marriage, while her husband was 43 at the time of the filing and this will be his second divorce. They have young two children together, aged 4 and 5 years. Blackstock also has two more children from his previous marriage.
The initial filing came from Clarkson, and she cited only irreconcilable differences as the reason for separation and asked to walk away from the marriage without being ordered to pay alimony or spousal support. The pleadings also mention that the couple had entered into a prenuptial agreement before the marriage that will be honored. She also asked for joint custody arrangements for their children.
Representatives for the couple refused to answer any questions or make any formal statements.
Property distribution in the Tampa area
Under Florida law, there is a standard for property division that allows a judge to decide on what is “equitable.” This can be difficult to prepare for, as equitable essentially means what the judge thinks is fair rather than an equal distribution or using any concrete guidelines. This gives a family court judge a large amount of discretion.
Ending a marriage due to any kind of differences
Most states in the country, including Florida, allow no fault divorces. This means that any kind of unresolved differences can be given as a reason for the breakdown of the marriage. There does not need to be adultery, domestic violence, imprisonment, or any serious fault based grounds. In order to file, the couple only needs to meet residency requirements to start the process in the state, and then confirm their desire to separate after a brief waiting period. Some divorces that have few issues contested can be completed from start to finish within a few months if things go smoothly.
Get help with a divorce in the city of Tampa
There are attorneys who focus their practices on divorces and related family law issues. They can assist you with preparing for a divorce and related issues such as child custody, prenuptial agreements, and property division. To learn more, speak with:
1901 Ulmerton Road, Suite 435, Clearwater, FL 33762