Actress Demi Moore filed papers to divorce her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, in March, 16 months after the couple split. Kutcher, 35, filed for divorce in December; however, the 50-year-old Moore initially stated that she preferred not to file her paperwork until the pair was able to reach a settlement.
After more than a year of negotiating, the pair has been unable to reach a settlement. If they are not able to agree, the asset division will be decided by a judge following a trial. Moore believes that Kutcher owes her money because he became more famous and therefore accumulated greater wealth after the couple married. Kutcher is currently the highest paid actor in television after being paid $24 million for a season on “Two and a Half Men” beginning in May 2012.
Moore contends that Kutcher committed adultery on the evening of the pair’s sixth wedding anniversary. The alleged paramour is less than half Moore’s age. However, in California, marital misconduct is not considered as part of the division or marital assets.
California is a community property state, which means that all assets accumulated during the marriage by either spouse are split equally. It is irrelevant which spouse earned the asset, unless there is a prenuptial agreement that says otherwise. Spousal support is typically only permitted in a situation where one spouse needs to maintain the marital standard of living. When one or both spouses acquires significant assets after entering into a marriage, they may benefit from consulting with an experienced family law attorney.
Source: Huffington Post, “Demi Moore Filing Divorce Papers In Split With Ashton Kutcher,” March 6, 2013
Source: Daily Mail, “Demi ‘wants large sum of Ashton Kutcher’s fortune in divorce battle after it was revealed that the couple had no pre-nup’,” March 11, 2013