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Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith divorce

Texas residents may have heard about the divorce that formally ended the marriage between actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas in 2015. After being married for just under two decades, the couple stated in June 2014 that they were splitting up amicably and were beginning the process of dividing their wealth and assets.

A crucial factor affecting this high asset divorce apparently was a post-nuptial agreement signed by the couple in 2004. This agreement modified the way in which marital wealth earned after it was implemented would be distributed. As a result, Banderas was entitled to any money obtained from his films made between when the couple was married in 1996 and the post-nuptial agreement in 2004. These works include such films as "The Mask of Zorro", "Spy Kids" and "Desperado", among others. However, money generated from films produced between 2004 and 2014 that either party appeared in, such as "Shrek 2" and "Expendables 3", must be divided equally between the two in accordance with the post-nuptial agreement.

In addition, the couple's various marital assets including a house in Aspen as well as works of art by Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera will be divided between them. The 55-year-old Banderas will also be responsible for paying Griffith approximately $65,000 in alimony payments each month, although that obligation will end should she remarry.

While a celebrity divorce such as this one typically involves complex asset division, many less-public people also find themselves involved in divorce disputes regarding the future of marital property and business assets. An attorney who has experience in family law matters can often be of assistance to a divorcing spouse in negotiating an agreement that covers these and other applicable legal issues.

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