On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, March 15, 2013.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, formerly a favorite showbiz couple of many in Cook County, have not been together for close to a year and a half. Despite the split, the two are still married. Earlier this year we wrote a post on Ashton Kutcher attempt to change that. He filed to formally end his marriage with Moore, just before this past Christmas. We now have an update on the proceedings.
Moore recently filed her own divorce papers in the matter. Perhaps not surprisingly, in her response, as Kutcher did in his filing, she indicated that the reason behind the split is irreconcilable differences. Unlike Kutcher however, it may come as a surprise that she sought spousal support from her estranged husband.
In Illinois spousal support is referred to as spousal maintenance. There are three types that a person may either seek or have to provide to an ex-spouse. The first is short term, known as rehabilitative. In other situations, referred to as maintenance in gross, it will be provided in either a lump sum, or a few payments. Last, it is possible that permanent maintenance will be ordered.
Moore’s response could be an indication that a battle over finances will ensue. Kutcher has been working since the split, staring on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which he reportedly made $24 million in 2012. The couple has reportedly been unable to reach a financial settlement on their own which could mean that it will be up to a judge to determine the matter in court.
While high profile couples often prefer to keep matters such as these private, as is the case in all divorces, including those in the state of Illinois, when agreements cannot be reached it becomes necessary to turn to the courts.
Source: USA Today, “Demi Moore files divorce papers seeking spousal support,” Ann Oldenburg, March 7, 2013