Many Ohioans have probably heard about Hollywood superstars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner recently filing for divorce. The power couple has been together for 10 years, and reports even indicate that the divorce filing comes exactly 10 years and one day after their marriage. Yet, the couple is reported to have been separated for some time now. So, why did they wait so long to file for divorce?
The details are not clear at this point, but there are a couple of strong possibilities. One is that, under California law, a marriage that lasts for 10 years is considered long-term. This may have an effect on the amount of alimony awarded. Another option for the delayed divorce could be the couple's prenuptial agreement. In some instances, prenuptial agreements will specify an increase in payment to a lesser earning spouse after a certain period of time, or set amounts may be paid for each year of marriage. This would provide a financial incentive for one of the spouses to hold out until another year ticked by.
Though Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner will be going through a high-asset divorce, Ohio law can be just as complex as California's, and prenuptial agreements can be just as fitting for the everyday couple. Knowing the law can help an individual determine whether the timing is right for divorce. Additionally, by crafting a prenuptial agreement, a couple can protect their financial interests, allowing them to focus on their marriage moving forward.
Unfortunately, though, complications arise in marriages, and divorce may be on the horizon. When this situation occurs, it is often best to fully inform one's self of the law and how it may affect his or her prenuptial agreement. Competent Ohio attorneys stand ready to help those who need assistance handling their divorce matters.
Source: Fortune, "What we can learn about prenups from the Ben Affleck - Jennifer Garner divorce," Laura J. Vogel, July 4, 2015