Till death do us part…but not always. Marriages — especially marriages in Hollywood — do not always last forever. The almost long-lasting marriage between actor Ben Vereen and his wife has come to an end and the couple has filed for divorce.
Ben Vereen, an actor, has filed for divorce potentially in California. Ben Vereen is a 65-year-old actor who has been recognized as a Tony Award winner and Golden Globe nominee. His acting history includes film and television performances.
The actor married his wife in July 1976 and the two have been together until earlier this year. Although the divorce documents were recently filed, the divorce documents state the couple separated in March 2012. It can be common for divorce documents to contain the former couple’s separation date. The separation date can be useful for the divorcing couple to determine asset and property interests.
Also stated in the divorce documents was Ben Vereen’s request to deny his wife spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance — also known as spousal support or alimony — is a method to provide financial support to a former spouse after the divorce. Since Ben Vereen filed the divorce papers, his request to terminate potential spousal maintenance request could be a preemptive maneuver.
The reports did not indicate whether the couple had a prenuptial agreement. If the couple has a prenuptial agreement, it may determine the couple’s asset allocation and support terms following the divorce. If the couple does not have a prenuptial agreement, the couple’s assets may be divided under state law. The division of assets in high-asset divorces can be challenging and an experienced attorney can ensure that assets are appropriately allocated following a divorce.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Ben Vereen Divorce: Actor Splits From Wife Of 36 Years,” Sept. 19, 2012