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Divorce papers filed by actor Patrick Dempsey's wife

Florida fans of actor Patrick Dempsey should be interested to know that his marriage is apparently coming to an end. The star of ABC's popular medical drama Grey's Anatomy saw divorce papers filed earlier this year by his wife.

Dempsey's spouse has stated that irreconcilable differences with her husband is the reason for the separation. According to the divorce documents filed, Dempsey's wife has asked the court to grant her spousal support as well as child support. The couple has three children together, 7-year-old twins and a 12-year-old.

Moreover, in addition to requesting spousal support she requested that the court deny her husband any spousal support from her; she has also asked that he be responsible all of her attorney fees. She also requested that she be allowed to keep her jewelry and earnings that she will accrue after the separation. Interestingly, the couple doesn't appear to have drawn up a prenuptial agreement when they got married. Dempsey's current net worth stands at $40 million.

During any set of divorce proceedings, many different family law issues are likely to surface. These issues can include complex property division, child custody, child support and in some cases spousal support. Having a prenuptial agreement which has been drawn up by an experienced and skilled attorney can be one of the most effective tools for protecting one's assets and earnings.

However, in the absence of a prenuptial agreement, a court will generally determine what is and is not marital property, and accordingly proceed with asset division. An experienced family law attorney can help parties going through a divorce navigate the laws surrounding property division issues and help a spouse protect his or her property interests.

Source: Hollywood Life, "Patrick Dempsey & Jillian Fink split: Is she going after his $40M fortune?" Christopher Rogers, Jan. 24, 2015

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