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Maryland readers learn of Simpson divorce

Many of our Maryland readers likely have heard the news that Joe and Tina Simpson, parents of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, have filed for divorce. Like many couples, celebrity and otherwise, divorce can cause social tension. For Joe and Tina, rumors of Joe's sexual preference as well as suspicion that perhaps one spouse was philandering have caused tension in the divorce.

After 34 years of marriage, Tina filed for divorce in September. The divorce filing cites "discord or conflict of personalities" as the reason for the petition. In response to the initial divorce filing, Joe countered with a petition of his own, stating that Tina should receive nothing in the divorce settlement. Though their divorce may be less than amicable when it comes to property division, the couple and their sources claim that the rumors of a third party being involved in the situation are untrue.

Along with the rumors of an outside lover are stories of the couple's more recent decisions, which may have been an early indicator of the pending divorce. It is reported that Joe and Tina placed their multi-million dollar Los Angeles home on the market. To some, this read as a confirmation of the couple's split.

When any couple, in Maryland and elsewhere, chooses to divorce, there may be questions raised regarding their decisions. Though many couples in our state will not have the media spotlight turned on them during their divorce, that does not mean that there will not be some complicated and frustrating circumstances. Couples may benefit from carefully considering their divorce filing and any additional petitions filed, and communicating with one another to ensure that they both understand the steps that need to be taken. Divorce does not have to be dramatic and lengthy, and when couples can create an amicable environment around the divorce, the process can be more smoothly resolved.

Source: Huffington Post, "Jessica Simpson's Parents Split: Star Is Coping With Divorce As Joe And Tina Shoot Down Affair Rumors," Oct. 28, 2012

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