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Country music star files for divorce

Celebrities enjoy many perks, but certainly have a difficult time keeping their love lives private. Maryland residents may have heard that recently, Jason Aldean, a famous country music star, has just filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years. The couple has two children together, who are 5 and 10 years old.

Asset division, child support, child custody and spousal support are all likely to be issues that this couple will need to address in order to terminate their marriage. High asset divorces can be particularly complex when they are exacerbated by the contentious issue of infidelity, which can cause a lot of unwanted media attention.

Prior to this divorce announcement, there were reports that the country music star had been photographed exhibiting inappropriate behavior with a contestant from American Idol at a bar. The star reportedly issued an apology in public for his behavior. It is unknown whether this incident triggered the divorce process, but the media will likely be scrutinizing the case closely.

Aldean has made it clear that he wants the best for his children, and that he is concerned for their well-being through this process. The couple will need to always keep the best interests of the children in mind in order to successfully navigate the divorce process.

It has not been reported whether there is any pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement in place to address the issues of spousal support, alimony or asset division. Such an agreement is a very useful tool because if simplifies the divorce process a great deal by identifying how to distribute certain assets and divide property. It can also establish a predetermined amount to be paid for spousal support or alimony.

Source: ABC News, "Jason Aldean Splits From Wife Jessica Ussery," Luchina Fisher, April 29, 2013.

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