Demi Moore announced yesterday her intention to divorce her husband of six years, Ashton Kutcher. And while the 49-year-old actress may have done so with a ‘heavy heart’, something that may be weighing heavier is the question hanging over the financial settlement. Either party is yet to formally file for divorce – but in all likeliness Moore will raise the petition for the dissolution of marriage.
The couple are said to have between them a $290m fortune – a sizeable sum to be fought over.
But the division of assets may not be a simple process, depending on whether they signed a prenup when they married in 2005.
If they didn’t – and if the divorce is filed in California – they can expect to split their assets 50/50.
Divorce lawyer Paul Catsandoni – who is not involved in the case – told HollywoodLife.com that Kutcher’s alleged affair would not affect the division of funds under California law if there is no prenup in place.
He explained to the website: ‘Ashton’s income from his new sitcom [Two And a Half Men] will be considered marital property until someone files for divorce.’
And he added: ‘Ashton’s alleged affair also won’t affect the division of funds. If they didn’t sign a prenup, they can expect to split their worth in half.’
According to celebritynetworth.com, Moore is worth $10m more than Kutcher.