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Actress Halle Berry announces divorce

When people in Minnesota plan on getting married, they often plan on a lifetime together. Romantics may actually believe that they will spend the rest of their lives with their spouse. But, in reality, divorce is a serious possibility for many couples. No matter how glamorous, how wealthy or how in love a couple appears to be, no one is immune from divorce.

Take, for example, actors Halle Berry and her husband Oliver Martinez. The two appeared to be a glamorous and happy couple. However, despite appearing happily together Berry recently announced that she in Martinez were divorcing. The couple married in 2013 and have one young son together.

In her divorce petition, Berry cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. No other information about the pending divorce proceedings has been released to the public. At this time, the couple has asked for privacy in the matter. This will be Berry's third divorce and Martinez's first.

While a couple may wish to keep their divorce proceedings private, divorces are a matter of public record. Therefore, couples may want to do everything they can to settle the issue as quickly as possible. This is particularly true for couples involved in a high asset divorce who may not want their financial information to be made public.

There are several ways to avoid a long drawn out divorce proceeding. Couples can enter into a prenuptial agreement, where they have stipulated to property division and spousal support issues prior to the marriage. However, if no prenuptial agreement is in place, mediation maybe a better path with a couple. In any case, divorcing couples in Minnesota need to understand their legal options as they move forward with their divorce.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Halle Berry And Olivier Martinez Divorcing After Two Years Of Marriage," Cavan Sieczkowski, Oct. 27, 2015

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