When the big celebrities in Hollywood divorce, you expect a spectacle of blood and gore, similar to the Roman Coliseum.
This week, David Arquette filed for divorce from his wife Courteney Cox Arquette after being separated since 2010, according to the Houston Chronicle. The two have remained friends after the split-up and continue to work together as TV and film production partners, reports the Chronicle. Arquette is also representing himself in the divorce and requesting joint custody of the couple’s one daughter.
All divorces should be this civil, especially when a child is involved. Often in this type of situation there is a contentious hearing where a judge weighs what is in the best interests of the child to determine custody. These hearings weigh such elements as the employment of either parent, the household of each, and the mental health of the parents.
The other contentious aspect of divorces is the division of property. Like Texas, California is a community property state, where everything earned during the marriage is split equally. Unlike Texas, where a judge has freedom to weight the split more heavily to one spouse based on their idea of fairness, California requires an equal split of all community property.
Without the fireworks, it is difficult to tell if there will be any coming surprises in this no drama divorce of David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette. Most likely, the community property will be split equally and joint custody will be approved. How boring. How refreshing.
- Find a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
- Courteney Cox and David Arquette Separate (Houston Family Law Blog)
- Sample Form: Property Settlement Agreement (FindLaw)
- David Arquette files for divorce from Courteney Cox (KHOU)