The separation of California couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher happened over a year ago, and since then there has been much speculation regarding their impending divorce. Some of the speculation surrounded the terms of their divorce settlement and other speculation regarded their potential personal interest in new relationships and future marriages. The speculation may come to a formal end as Ashton Kutcher has reportedly officially filed for divorce from his now estranged wife Demi Moore.
Although an official divorce may have been a foreseeable event in the estranged couple’s future, when the divorce documents were officially filed in a California court it reportedly took Demi Moor by surprise. The surprised reaction was reportedly due to the fact that Demi Moore believed she was in divorce settlement negotiations with Ashton Kutcher, and would not be involved in official divorce proceedings until the negotiations were complete.
Official divorce proceedings determined by a judge can significantly differ from divorce settlement negotiations. As in Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s divorce settlement negotiations, the estranged couple did not have court oversight of their negotiation process. Now that the estranged couple is involved in official divorce proceedings, the court may oversee the entire divorce process.
The court’s oversight of the divorce process has the potential to speed up the divorce process by placing a timeframe on financial decisions between the estranged couple that were once taking extra time. It was reported that a final financial separation amount was a hindering factor that prolonged the divorce settlement negotiation process. Individuals involved in a high-asset divorce may have many aspects involved in their divorce that an experienced attorney can help resolve in a favorable manner.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher Divorce: Actress ‘Shocked’ Ex Filed Divorce Papers,” Dec 26, 2012