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Divorce can get nasty when a lot of money is involved

Few couples in Massachusetts and elsewhere can make it through the marital dissolution process without fighting. Divorce can get particularly nasty when a lot of money and assets are involved. A good example of this is the recent divorce between a member of the Dixie Chicks and her actor husband.

According to reports, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and her husband Adrian Pasdar filed for divorce two years ago. As he supposedly put his acting career on hold to take care of the couple's two children, he asked for $60,000 a month in spousal support. He also asked for his legal expenses to be covered and back support. She did not want to grant him any of this.

Maines claims the couple signed a prenuptial agreement that stated any money she earned from the Dixie Chicks was to remain hers. She says she has not made any money in the last two years as she has not been touring, and one of her businesses closed. She also says her estranged husband has been making roughly $20,000 per month since the divorce filing, which should affect how much he receives in the divorce settlement.

After two years of going back and forth, arguing about money and property, on Dec. 19, their divorce was finalized. They agreed on the division of property and finances, though the details of the settlement have not been released. At the end of the day, those details do not really matter to anyone but the couple. This case just goes to show that divorce, when a lot of money is involved, can take a while to resolve. There are complex issues that need addressing, and Massachusetts residents who are going through high net worth divorces can help themselves by seeking out legal counsel who has experience tackling such matters.

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