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Garner and Affleck headed for divorce

All marriages pose the potential for divorce, even those amongst superstar celebrities. While these high-profile couples may garner more attention and deal with enormous assets that many of us can only dream of, the divorce legal issues they face are the same as those faced by everyday Californians.

Now one celebrity couple, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, may be facing these challenging issues. The couple, who separated approximately two years ago, are now said to be making their split final with a divorce filing. The couple shares three children, and the assets the couple share could be enormous. This means that child custody, child support, alimony, and property division could all be hot button issues that can take a significant amount of time to resolve.

However, reports seem to indicate that the couple retains an amicable relationship. Garner continues to speak highly of Affleck, and the family continues to take vacations together. In instances like these, it may be possible to mediate a divorce settlement that is fair for all involved. Also, it is unknown at this time if a prenuptial agreement was in place, which could set the boundaries for any property division that may occur.

Even celebrity couples aren't immune to family law issues that can arise during marriage dissolution. They, like every day Californians, need to ensure that their legal rights are protected during divorce proceedings, though, lest they be taken advantage of, causing them to lose a significant amount of assets to which they are entitled. Therefore, these individuals need to think about how best to approach their divorce, whether through mediation or litigation, and what evidence they can gather to help support their position. Fortunately, experienced family law attorneys stand ready to help these individuals develop a legal position that protects their best interests.

Source: Vanity Fair, "Report: Jennifer Garner Will Officially Divorce Ben Affleck," Hilary Weaver, Feb. 17, 2017

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