May, 16, 2013, Lansing, MI- Actress Demi Moore and her much-younger husband Ashton Kutcher have been split up for over a year now and they still haven’t finalized their divorce. Not that this should really be a surprise but according to reports their May-December marriage hasn’t been dissolved yet because Demi wants more of Ashton’s millions.

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The New York Daily News reported that the Demi wants a share of some A-Grade investments Ashton made last year. A source told the paper that Ashton made a lot of money over the past 18 month since they split through a venture capital firm he owns 20 percent of, and he doesn’t think Demi should get any of it, but that is exactly what she is fighting for, at least $10 million of those earnings.

Another source said that Demi also wants Ashton to pay for renovations on her New York apartment, which is worth $25 million.

The irony of this divorce battle is that Demi is actually wealthier than Ashton, since she won a multi-million dollar settlement when she divorced actor Bruce Willis. According to TMZ, Demi is worth $150 million, about 10 million more that Ashton.

A source also told the Daily News that Ashton is willing to meet some of Demi’s demands, but not all of them.

What can Michigan couples learn about the ongoing divorce battle between Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher?

The first important lesson is that money matters; when couples first get together don’t think money is important; the only thing that matters is their love, and their wedding. Some couples are under the delusion that if their marriage must end in divorce, couples in love rarely think it will; they will deal with the financial problems later. That is a huge mistake!

The second thing a couple should know is prenuptials can save them from future strife. Many couples, but especially wealthy ones, should consider asking a family law attorney to draft a prenuptial agreement. Divorce doesn’t always bring out the best in people, not like love does, and making some of these important life decisions such as where the children will stay and how long, along with what happens to the house and assets when they are not angry or resentful can help them circumvent a long-drawn-out, painful divorce mêlée.

Prenuptials dictate what each spouse will get before and if they run into problems. While some couples are reluctant to have go through the prenuptial process before their wedding because it seems unromantic, but it could save them from anger and stress in the future.

Even if a couple doesn’t have a prenuptial agreement, disputes over spousal support can be settled but it requires a skillful negotiator and accomplished divorce attorney.

Michigan attorney Stu Shafer has practiced divorce and family law for decades. Through his practice he was assisted estranged couples with the many issues that arise in the course of dissolution.  If you want an attorney that will listen and take all your concerns seriously, contact the office of Stu Shafer to set up an appointment.

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