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Post-nuptial agreements and divorce

Massachusetts couples who are facing the end of their marriage may have heard about the high-profile divorce between Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. The popular actors have finalized their divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage. According to the couple, the split was mutual and they remain on good terms. Banderas will be paying monthly spousal support of $65,000, which obligation will end if Griffith remarries.

Griffith was allowed to keep her clothing, jewelry and some of the couple's furniture in the divorce settlement. Banderas was allowed to keep his motorcycles, music equipment and some of his electronic equipment. The couple split their two Picasso paintings and Porsches. Griffith retained six vehicles, while Banderas only kept two, and the actress also retains the lease on the Bentley leased through a corporate agreement.

According to published reports, the celebrity couple entered into a post-nuptial agreement in 2004, which stated that they would split all of the money they earned from entertainment jobs between January of 2004 and May 31, 2014. Griffith filed for divorce shortly before the end of that period. Banderas also agreed to pay for their daughter's expenses until she turned 19 in September 2015 and has also agreed to pay for her college education costs through 2021.

Family law attorneys may provide assistance with the asset division process. Even in more standard divorce cases, deciding who is entitled to what earnings and property can lead to distressing conflict. A family law attorney representing a divorcing spouse might suggest negotiation or mediation as an alternative to litigation, particularly if the couple has young children who could be adversely affected to a protracted courtroom battle.

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