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Dern and Harper reach settlement, end 3-year divorce

The divorce of Laura Dern (an Emmy-nominated actress) and Ben Harper (a Grammy-winning musician) has been a long, drawn out ordeal. The two originally filed for divorce in late 2010, though some court papers say that the couple was separated earlier in 2010. In any case, Dern and Harper then tried to reconcile their relationship in 2012; but the attempt failed, and the two went forward with their divorce. Now, nearly three years after they filed, Dern and Harper have reached a settlement that will finally end their divorce.

As is the case with court settlements, details of the agreement were not disclosed. However, there were some leaks regarding spousal support, which neither spouse will receive. Earlier in the divorce, Harper requested that Dern not receive alimony.

In addition, Dern and Harper have agreed to joint custody of their two children, even though Dern originally made a request that she be granted sole custody. She will apparently receive a small amount of child support.

One crucial aspect to this story that all Springfield residents should know is that alimony negotiations can be very difficult. If you leave things up to a judge, the alimony determination could be lacking in your eyes. The judge will take many factors into account, and it is impossible to know exactly what the judge will settle on.

That's why, even though it may be difficult, alimony negotiation can be the best option available. These discussions are tricky and it behooves a splitting spouse to consult an experienced family law attorney to help them during these discussions.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Laura Dern, Ben Harper finalize their long-running divorce," Nardine Saad, Sept. 11, 2013

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