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Deciding to divorce isn't always an easy decision

In the movies and on television one person declares in the middle of an argument that he or she wants a divorce. The story then proceeds directly into court. There is no further discussion or decision to be made regarding whether or not the end the marriage. Life is not always that simple. For many Maryland couples, making the decision to divorce is not easy.

Many couples will separate before making any final decisions about ending their marriage. This arrangement can go on for months and even years without either party making an affirmative move toward filing for divorce. Eventually, however, a decision may need to be made for several reasons.

For instance, Clint Eastwood and his wife, to whom he had been married since 1996, separated some time ago. In Sept., his wife filed for a legal separation, but then withdrew the papers just two days later; then, on Oct. 22, she filed for divorce. It has taken Eastwood's wife several months to make the final decision to end her marriage to the actor/director/producer. In those papers, she is asking for physical custody of the couple's teenage daughter, alimony and attorney fees. There was no report indicating whether the couple has a prenuptial agreement to govern property division; if they do not, that is something else that the couple will need to work out as part of the divorce proceedings.

These are just some of the things that all couples need to deal with when they file for divorce. Once the parties have decided to end their marriage, the work will begin to address a myriad of issues. Maryland couples will then have to decide how their divorce will proceed. If issues can be worked out amicably or are governed by a prenuptial agreement, things may go more smoothly for everyone involved.

Source: Los Angeles Times, Dina Eastwood files for divorce from Clint Eastwood, Christie D'Zurilla, Oct. 23, 2013

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