Before the new year strikes in 2020, many Wisconsin residents will decide to end their marriages. Reasons will vary although many spouses may have certain issues in common, such as having been cheated on, being tired of feeling unappreciated or simply deciding to no longer stay in an unhappy relationship. However, filing for divorce and finalizing one are two very different things; in fact, it can take months, or longer, to successfully accomplish the latter.
Kate Beckinsale and her former spouse, Len Wiseman. whom she met on a movie set in 2003, were married more than 10 years when trouble arose in their relationship. It is understandable that a spouse might feel betrayed and upset if his or her partner develops romantic ties with someone else. Beckinsale’s spouse was reportedly spotted making public appearances with a well-known model, which might have been what led to the divorce petition the couple filed that same year.
Beckinsale and her ex took four years to finalize their settlement. Like many couples, celebrity and non-celebrity alike, they did not sign a prenuptial agreement before their wedding day. When the pair filed for divorce, they agreed to waive spousal support and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.
This particular divorce case recently made headlines once again, because after four years, it seems the former spouses have finally settled all necessary issues. Beckinsale is said to have requested to retain possession of all earnings she acquired after she and her ex separated, and also all her jewelry and personal possessions. Wisconsin is one of nine community property states in the nation, which means that marital assets and debts are considered co-owned by the couple in equal shares. An experienced family law attorney can provide guidance and support to any spouse with property division concerns or who is having trouble resolving other divorce-related issues.