Many an internet user wept a single tear today as Amy Poehler, the beloved star of “Parks and Recreation” and former member of “Saturday Night Live,” and Will Arnett, known for his role in “Arrested Development” among other comedic ventures, finally decided to divorce. Poehler and Arnett separated 18 months ago, but recently Arnett decided it was time to file the divorce paperwork.
Poehler and Arnett were a very popular comedic couple, so the news has taken the internet by storm. But there are some serious divorce issues to consider here that could apply to any divorce, may it be in Chicago or anywhere else in the country.
The first element here is child custody. Arnett requested joint physical and legal custody of the two sons he shares with Poehler. Child custody is often one of the most difficult issues to figure out — but only if the spouses fail to agree to joint custody early on in the process.
The second element here is property division. Obviously Arnett and Poehler are probably working with assets that far exceed what most Americans have — but regardless of their value, the assets in a divorce are subject to property division, barring extenuating circumstances. Again, this can be a tough matter to resolve. It is just another reason why anybody who is going through a divorce should consult an experienced family law attorney.
Third and finally, separation can be a useful tool for couples who are going through marital issues. It allows the spouses to get a break from each other, and this period of limbo, so to speak, can either confirm your desire to get a divorce or convince you that you really do want to make it work with your spouse.
Source: New York Daily News, “Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler 18 months after split,” Chiderah Monde, April 17, 2014