A recent celebrity divorce settlement illustrates some of the same general principles that may be applied in an average family law case here in Missouri and in other states. The celebrities are Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly Buffington-Quaid. The divorce, filed by the wife in 2016, was finalized recently with the issuance of a final divorce decree.
When a husband makes three times the income of his wife and he generously helps her to pay off a boat load of debt, including substantial student loans, will that reverberate to his credit in a divorce action started by the wife just two years after they were married? This scenario or a similar version of it often comes up in Missouri divorce cases. In this example, it is also noted that the wife communicated to the husband that she was going to take the house and his retirement, along with requesting alimony.
Let us say that when you and your spouse divorced, you lived in the same city and managed custody of your child under the terms of your parenting plan.