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Dennis Quaid's wife files for divorce

Many Maryland residents are no doubt well aware of the complex issues involved in a divorce. There is not just the issue of dissolving the marriage itself, but there is also the issue of how to fairly divide the marital property. When children are involved, the divorce may become even more complicated as the spouses vie for custody.

In a divorce that readers may find interesting, actor Dennis Quaid's divorce brings all these issues to the table. His third wife recently filed for divorce due to a "conflict of personalities" after seven years of marriage. The two share 4-year-old twins.

At this time, a temporary custody arrangement has been worked out under which the two will share equal custody of the twins. However, this is only a temporary arrangement. In deciding issues relating to child custody, a family law judge will typically take into account several factors ranging from the child's psychological relationship to each parent in addition to the parent's ability to support the child.

In this divorce, Quaid's wife is also asking for alimony. In deciding alimony, a judge may look at Quaid's average annual income and his overall wealth to determine what would be an appropriate level of spousal support. Such support is often necessary in order to ensure the poorer spouse does not suffer a decline in his or her standard of living, although the level of such support should certainly be fair and reasonable. As the two now jostle over these and other issues, Maryland residents who are seeking or considering divorce may wish to follow Quaid's divorce proceeding for possible lessons learned.

Source: New York Daily News, "Dennis Quaid's third wife files for divorce," Cristina Everett, March 9, 2012

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