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Ashton Kutcher divorcing Demi Moore

Infidelity is one of the most common causes of marital discord, and many couples find themselves unwilling or unable to reconcile their differences when a spouse has strayed. In the case of a high-profile couple, it is often the case that pre-planning for the possible messy end to a hopefully blissful union has occurred. This is evident when a couple enters into a prenuptial agreement before they exchange vows and rings. A prenup provides the couple with asset protection if the marriage doesn't work out.

New York readers following the Hollywood heartbreak of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher will be interested to know that it appears the couple didn't think they would need such an agreement. According to sources, when Kutcher filed papers to begin the process of divorcing Moore on Dec. 21, there was no indication that the pair had a valid prenuptial agreement in place prior to their marriage.

Moore's 2011 announcement that she was ending the marriage came after speculation of alleged infidelity by Kutcher. Kutcher, who stars on the hit CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," is currently dating Mila Kunis, his former co-star from "That '70s Show."

Although the couple have no children together, they are likely to share marital property that might include real estate and other high-value items. It is unusual for high-profile individuals to put assets on the line by foregoing the implementation of a prenuptial agreement. Disputes over marital property when no prenuptial agreement is in place can end up creating issues that have to be sorted out by a judge.

In any case, individuals going through a divorce need a strong legal advocate to protect their interests in matters of property division and family law.

Source: Observer-Dispatch, "Ashton Kutcher files for divorce from Demi Moore," Dec. 24, 2012

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