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TV star ordered to pay high amount in spousal support

An amicable solution outside of court is not always possible for every California divorce. Sometimes, a person's interests must be fought for in a court room. In divorce, there is much that needs to be settled and it is not always predictable. No one ever knows with 100 percent certainty how a court will divide property or determine child custody and support arrangements. However, with skilled representation, it is oftentimes possible to fight to protect a person's property interests.

Some California residents may be aware of Eliza Coupe's acting work on television. However, her recent divorce proceedings did qualify as theater -- the divorce, like anyone else's, involved unique and personal facets. Eliza Coupe was married to a puppeteer for five years. On the couple's five year anniversary of marriage, Coupe's husband filed for divorce. Recently, the couple came to a property division agreement.

According to the divorce documents, Coupe will have to pay $7,000 a month in spousal support. What's more, she will have to hand over a lump sum payment of $306,000. There are terms set in place that limit these payments, however. The spousal support arrangement ends in 2 years. However, this arrangement could be shortened if Coupe's husband remarries before the 2 year mark.

For every couple, determining what specific terms are appropriate in property division and spousal support can be challenging. This is especially true when there is a high amount of assets involved. Divorcing couples may wish to vigorously defend their interests. There is a lot at stake in a high asset divorce. This is why it is important to take a thorough inventory of assets and come to a clear understanding of one's financial picture. It is also important to make sure every step along the way is guided by legal expertise so an unfavorable settlement can potentially be avoided.

Source: TMZ, "Eliza Coupe Divorce - No Happy Ending ... She's Paying Up Big Time," April 21, 2014

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