Well FINALLY, right?
Yes, Demi Moore has at last gotten around to filing for divorce from husband of 6 years, Ashton Kutcher. Her response to Kutcher’s original filing some three months ago was submitted Thursday (3/7) to Los Angeles Superior Court, citing the usual “irreconcilable differences.”
But what IS surprising about this filing is that Moore – who is reportedly worth upwards of $150m, thanks films like “Ghost” and “G.I. Jane” in the 80s and 90s – is requesting spousal support, AND that Kutcher pay all of her legal fees associated with the divorce. Kutcher, it should be noted, is estimated to be worth only about $135m, comparatively.
…Did that sound like the instigating shot in what will doubtless be a long, drawn out court battle, or am I just imagining things?
The reasons Moore elected to go for spousal support shouldn’t be dismissed as merely vindictive or emotional, however (though there’s probably a bit of that going on as well). Though Kutcher’s amassed fortune at age 35 may indeed be smaller than Moore’s at age 50, Kutcher is currently the highest paid actor on television, raking in over $24m just this past year (who knew “Two and a Half Men” was so… profitable?). And with Kutcher’s sweet spokesperson deals for Nikon and others, his income is likely to handily surpass that figure in years to come. While Moore’s earnings… umm, what exactly was she last in again?
A source told the New York Post: Ashton made a lot of money after marrying Demi – a lot more than she made – but despite him becoming just as famous through her, he believes he doesn’t owe her that much.’
Ashton has been very difficult during the talks. You could even say he has been hostile.’
After over a year of attempting to reach a settlement, Demi is definitely ready to move on. It’s hoped lawyers for both sides can reach a settlement this spring, otherwise the divorce will go into litigation and trial.’
Translation: grab some popcorn, because this shiz is gonna get UGLY, and fast.
Though rumors swirled regarding the state of their marriage for months prior to the split, the pair announced their separation (on Twitter, as one does) in November of 2011. In the many, MANY months since, Moore checked into rehab and dated a much younger man, while Kutcher (among other things) played Steve Jobs in a movie and started dating one-time “That 70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis. A LOT can happen in a-year-and-change, people.
The pair had reportedly been “mostly amicable” in their split prior to yesterday’s filing. I guess we’ll see how amicable things stay after this, huh?
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