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Big money is at the heart of one celebrity divorce

Almost every divorcing couple argues over money at some point, and some arguments have more zeros in the numbers than others. Such is the case with Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's pending breakup. Kutcher is currently the highest-paid actor in television, earning a reported $24 million per season for "Two and a Half Men." Supposedly, Moore is demanding a larger payout than Kutcher wants to hand over as a condition of ending their May-September marriage.

Lawyers have been working quietly for months to come up with a settlement in private, hoping to keep details about the couple's finances out of the public eye. Progress, if any, has been minimal. Kutcher is reportedly annoyed at the slow pace, wants to get a deal quickly and finalize his divorce from Moore. If the negotiations have hit a wall, the next step is a courtroom where everything is out in the open. Gossip columnists can hardly contain their excitement. Efforts by several other high-profile couples to close their divorce proceedings to the public, including the president of the NASCAR auto racing enterprise, have failed.

Kutcher has no one to blame but himself for the situation. His very public infidelities give Moore the aggrieved spouse advantage in any court proceeding. Moore, a successful actress in her own right, earned much less than her husband in recent years and various Hollywood sources believe she wants a substantial piece of Kutcher's assets. Kutcher is currently dating Mila Kunis, a television actress and was caught earlier this summer in a very public display of affection with her.

So while the numbers may be larger, many of the issues are the same as those faced by ordinary people. When a spouse with more assets than the other gets caught violating the bonds of marriage, that spouse should expect to pay for those actions. As one columnist remarked, "did no one learn anything from the Tiger Woods cheating scandal?"

Source: Examiner.com, "Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's divorce could turn ugly fast," Joann Scheffler, Oct. 21, 2012

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