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Marc Anthony Files for Divorce from J.Lo

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Last week, the seven-year itch claimed yet another Hollywood couple. Marc Anthony made his split with Jennifer Lopez official last Monday by filing for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Fox News reports.

The former couple, who have been married for seven years, had previously announced their separation in June 2011.┬áIn his petition, Anthony cited “irreconcilable differences” as the impetus for the split.

While initial reports claimed that the couple had split over Anthony’s jealousy of Lopez’s return to fame, they seem to have parted on friendly terms. “I think anybody will tell you how I supported her from day one,” Anthony said. “I’m really, really happy for her…We’re going to be in each other’s lives for many, many, many years, and I’m glad that our friendship is that strong.”

The couple’s 4-year-old twins, Max and Emme, will ensure that Anthony and Lopez will be a part of each other’s lives for years to come. In his filings, Anthony requested that he and Lopez have joint legal and physical custody of the kids, meaning both parents have the right to make important decisions for the twins, and the children will split their time living with Lopez and Anthony.

It also comes as no surprise that Anthony requested that Lopez be denied spousal support should she ask for it. It’s generally believed that J.Lo’s earning power far exceeds Anthony’s. In its list of The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities, Forbes ranked Lopez at #50, earning $25 million in one year. Anthony didn’t rank.

California, where Marc Anthony filed for divorce, is a community property state. Therefore, nearly all property the couple acquired during marriage will be split down the middle. For Jennifer Lopez’s sake, hopefully Anthony signed a prenup.

Related Resources:

  • Find a Chicago Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Jennifer Lopez Divorce: Marc Anthony Files Divorce Docs (The Huffington Post)
  • Divorce (FindLaw)
  • Custody Overview (FindLaw)

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