A marriage in Virginia may go smoothly for a while and then take a turn for the worse, eventually ending in divorce. When this happens, the couple may feel disappointed in general, but also concerned about distributing assets in the fairest way possible. Those who have high-value assets have even more at stake when it comes to splitting their property. Two well-known stars in another state are facing this predicament.
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have been married for 18 years. The two became romantically interested in each other while working together to film “Two Much” back in 1995. However, Griffith recently filed for divorce from Banderas. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the dissolution of their marriage.
As part of the California divorce proceeding, Griffith is asking for child support as well as spousal support. In addition, she appears willing for both parents to share joint legal custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Stella. She also is pursuing sole physical custody. Griffith, however, said she was willing to cover her own legal fees.
The pair will also divide their property; this includes both Spanish and American real estate. This divorce is Banderas’ second, while it is Griffith’s fourth. When two married people decide to split up in Virginia, a judge has the power to make final decisions for them when it comes to distributing assets, as well as handling spousal and child support along with child custody matters. However, both members of a divorcing couple have the right to seek an outcome that meets their personal desires while, most importantly, considering their children’s best interests where appropriate.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Melanie Griffith divorcing Antonio Banderas after 18-year marriage", Nardine Saad, June 6, 2014