Singer Ashlee Simpson has filed for divorce from Pete Wentz.  The couple wed in May 2008 after dating for about two years.  Simpson-Wentz, 26, and Wentz, 31, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.  It has been reported that the divorce is very amicable, as the couple had been growing apart for quite some time.  The couple has a 2-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli Wentz, of whom Simpson-Wentz is seeking primary physical custody with visitation for Wentz.  Simpson-Wentz is also seeking spousal support from Wentz and plans to drop “Wentz” from her last name.  The former Fall Out Boy bassist is touring with his new band, Black Cards.  Full article: LA Times.

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.

The law firm of Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C. has represented clients in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island.  If you are facing a divorce proceeding, it is important to hire lawyers that are capable of advocating your needs.  For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-888-556-2529 or visit our divorce website at