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Clint Eastwood's wife files for divorce

Clint Eastwood, the actor known by many Ohio residents for his roles in the 'Dirty Harry" film series, is headed to divorce court. Eastwood's wife of 17 years filed for divorce from the actor in October, citing 'irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. She is seeking physical custody of the couple's 16-year-old daughter.

While Dina Eastwood's court filing says the couple has a prenuptial agreement in place, the filing also says that property rights must still be determined. This means Eastwood may have to contend with some of the issues typical of a high-asset divorce.

High-asset divorces can be complicated, especially when questions of spousal support and property division come into play. They often include a request by one spouse for spousal support from the other. Such support may be awarded to help a spouse who has a significantly lower income than the other to maintain a lifestyle similar to what the couple enjoyed during the marriage, and the amount that may be awarded depends on many variables.

Property division also may present a unique challenge in a high-asset divorce, with many kinds of assets coming into play. Assets like jewelry, vacation homes, and other luxury items may require comprehensive and complicated appraisals to ensure an acceptable split. The couple may have owned a business which would entail both a valuation expert as well as a determination of whether a portion could be deemed separately-owned property. If there are children involved, as in the Eastwood case, child support also may be contested. A family law attorney may be able to provide a client with guidance on these and similar issues.

Source: USA Today, "Dina Eastwood files for divorce", Ann Oldenburg, October 24, 2013

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