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Popular celebrities finalize divorce

As New Jersey residents may have heard, Jennifer Lopez and her former spouse Marc Anthony finalized their divorce on June 23, three years after the couple unofficially split. Although the proceedings did not start until April of 2012, the couple was reportedly separated in July of 2011. As part of the settlement, the couple will have joint custody of their twin 6-year-old children.

It was decided that Lopez will retain majority custody of the children and Anthony will have them seven days out of each month. The pair also acknowledged in the agreement that they would keep their children away from the press as much as possible. In his ruling, the judge in the case stated that the two realized that exposing the children to the press was not in their best interest.

The settlement also stated that there was no need for any type of spousal or child support from either party. Although he will not need to pay Lopez any spousal support, Marc Anthony faces an increase in child support for two children from another marriage to $27,000 per month. This is in addition to $12,000 a year that he pays for the children to take vacations plus any amount needed to cover medical expenses and tuition.

When a couple decides to divorce, it is important that the needs of their children are met. This may mean that the children spend time with both parents even if the parents do not get along or want sole custody of the children for themselves. Talking to a family law attorney may be able to help those going through a divorce to resolve child custody as well as child and spousal support issues in an amicable manner.

Source: Fox News Latino, "JLo, Marc Anthony's Divorce: No Child Support And Kids Shielded From Press", June 19, 2014

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