Avril Lavigne Finalized Divorce

Avril Lavigne, punk-pop singer, 26, and Sum 41 lead singer/guitarist Deryck Whibley finalized their divorce in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.  Lavigne and Whibley became friends in 2002 and began dating in 2004. Whibley proposed to her in June 2005 during a trip to Venice.  The couple married in California in July 2006.  Only three years later, the couple announced their separation.  Lavigne filed for divorce in October, 2009, citing irreconcilable differences.  According to court records, the former couple came to an agreement over property division, including their respective song catalogs, awards and guitars. Neither party will pay spousal support to the other.  Full Article.

In New York, spousal support is referred to as spousal maintenance.  There is not set formula to calculate spousal maintenance.  Instead, a court will award the maintenance on a case by case basis.  Factors such as the disparity between the income of the parties, the duration of the marriage, the health of the parties, and the presence of very young children are taken under consideration. Spousal maintenance is rarely granted on a permanent basis, except in cases of physical or mental disability or when the parties are elderly. Generally, it is granted for a set period of time so the other party can get back on their feet after the termination of the marriage. The length of time depends on the facts of the case as the judge sees fit to award.

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