Clint Eastwood to deny estranged wife spousal support


When a couple divorces, it is not uncommon for one spouse to pay the other spousal support. However, in some cases, the spouse who would be requested to pay takes issue with the request and decides to fight it. That seems to be the case in the divorce between Clint Eastwood and his wife of 17 years, Dina. Orlando readers might be interested in the details of what could turn into a rather acrimonious battle.

The couple is rumored to have been separated since June of 2012, but Dina filed separation papers in September, 2013. She dismissed that case two days later, only to file formal divorce documents in October. According to the filing, irreconcilable differences was the reason for the divorce.

Dina Eastwood has requested spousal support and full physical custody of the couple’s 17-year-old daughter. However, the “Grand Torino” star and award-winning actor and director is denying the request for spousal support. He is also allegedly countering the custody request in favor of joint physical custody.

The amount of spousal support being requested was not listed, nor was a reason given for why Mr. Eastwood is fighting the request. In the case where both spouses have careers, the spouse who might be ordered to pay support might feel taken advantage of. However, until a full financial disclosure is made to the court, a determination regarding support, including whether it will be granted as well as the amount cannot be made.

Whether a spouse feels forced to pay more than is equitable or the spouse isn’t getting as much as should be received, speaking to an experienced legal representative can ensure that both spouses in the divorce walk away on as equal footing as possible.

Source: Huffington Post, “Clint Eastwood Denies Dina Eastwood’s Request For Spousal Support (REPORT)” No author given, Dec. 20, 2013

Divorce rate dropping for military couples


Marriage can be difficult even under the best of circumstances, but the military poses a special kind of challenge. Moving, deployments and long periods of time apart can put a strain on a marriage that might not be overcome. However, Orlando readers might be interested to know that the divorce rate among military couples is actually decreasing.

There are several reasons being posited for the decrease in divorces. One reason is that with the activity in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, fewer couples are dealing with deployment and having to make a long-distance relationship work. Studies have shown that enlisted men and women have a higher rate of divorce than officers, so now that more of them are home, this could contribute to the decrease.

Another reason could be that the programs that have been created to help military families are actually working. Being able to get help from those who have been there and been through marriage, deployment and the other issues military families experience can help a couple cope and work out their differences.

Another reason for the decline could be that couples who married after 2001 were more prepared for military life and deployments. Those who were married before 2001 had to adjust to the abruptness of deployments and long times apart.

A couple who is contemplating a divorce should seek the advice of an experienced legal professional who can help a spouse attain everything they deserve from the marriage. Although a divorce is never easy, utilizing an experienced legal professional can make the experience go much smoother.

Source: Military Times, “Military divorce rate ticks downward” Andrew Tilghman, Dec. 19, 2013

White Stripes founder and former wife finalize divorce


Deciding to end a marriage is not an easy decision, but it is a common occurrence. When a couple has children and is affluent, such as one with substantial business assets, it can take some time to ensure an equitable division between the spouses. Also, the issue of child custody and visitation has to be worked out. Orlando readers who might have been following one of the several high-profile divorces that have been ongoing might be interested to know one of the divorces has been finalized.

Musician and businessman Jack White and model and singer Karen Elson have finalized their divorce. The divorced was finalized in Nashville, the same place where the couple was married in 2005. Elson filed for divorce in 2012.

White will retain his business holdings, the majority of which are music-related and include The Raconteurs, the White Stripes, Dead Weather and his music label, Third Man Records. For White, this was most likely a key part of the asset division, since his career revolves around these ventures and to split them up between the couple could have been a financial setback for White. No other mention of asset distribution between the two was made.

Elson was named the primary residential parent for the couple’s two children. White will have the kids roughly 150 days a year. It wasn’t mentioned if this included school breaks, summer vacations or holidays, but for a noncustodial parent to receive that many days of visitation, it most likely does mean the couple will divide holidays and summer vacations between the children. A judge signed the decree on Nov. 26.

Dividing marital assets and deciding about the children is often a major obstacle for a divorcing couple. However, attaining advice from an experienced legal professional can ensure both parties receive an equitable settlement that is suitable for all parties involved.

Source: Huffington Post, “Jack White, Karen Elson Divorce Finalized” No author given, Dec. 12, 2013

Pregnant women may need permission to move


Florida fathers are often overlooked in the child custody proceedings that decide their kids’ future. This is particularly true when the fathers live some distance away from the mothers of their children. A new child custody case that involves Olympic skier Bode Miller could create a resolution to this type of dispute, however, as fathers may now be able to protest the movements of women who are pregnant with their children. This could improve fathers’ rights to child custody considerations, especially among those who end up living states away from their youngsters.

Miller’s romantic dealings with the mother of his child started when they went on several dates and eventually slept together. Although the pair decided to forego a long-term relationship, the woman ended up pregnant, and she chose to leave the state of California. The woman, a former Marine, departed for New York to attend Columbia University. Miller, who initially seemed ambivalent about the child custody scenario, eventually chose to file for paternity and custody, and Miller was awarded custody of the child.

Now, that ruling out of New York has been overturned by a higher court, which argued that women’s movements and decisions to relocate cannot be limited strictly because they are pregnant. In other words, women who are pregnant would have to seek the permission of the person who impregnated them before they could move to another state, or potentially even within the same region.

Understandably, the pending appeal in the case is meeting with substantial opposition from women’s groups, though fathers argue that they should not be shut out of visitation just because of a pregnant woman’s decision. Fathers’ rights deserve to be considered even when a woman is just pregnant with a child – after all, her subsequent decisions can lead to major changes in the family’s life. Fathers who are seeking assistance with their child custody cases should consider seeking the assistance of a qualified Florida attorney who can help them draft a custody agreement that serves the best interests of the child.

Source:, “Pregnant? You may need the baby’s father’s permission to move” Robin Marty, Nov. 27, 2013