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Lane, Brolin call it quits in high-asset divorce

Two of the nation's top celebrities have finally called it quits, as Josh Brolin and Diane Lane's divorce was finalized. Like many Pennsylvania couples, the pair was dealing with a high asset divorce, thanks to their nearly decade-long marriage in the spotlight. Lane has reportedly chosen to avoid seeking spousal support in the matter, even though she might have been entitled to a higher percentage of the couple's asset division. The couple split because of irreconcilable differences.

Official reports show that Brolin, who starred in "No Country for Old Men," is also leaving something else behind after this divorce: alcohol. Brolin has reportedly checked himself into rehabilitation in an effort to kick alcoholic tendencies. He was committed to the facility in November. Most recently, the 45-year-old actor, who also stars in the upcoming "Oldboy," was seen engaging in drunken arguments and even getting into fights with bar personnel.

Brolin has enjoyed more recent professional success than Lane, who has been out of the limelight for several years. Lane told media outlets that she might have been entitled to spousal support in the matter, but she has chosen to accept the current division of marital property instead of fighting for additional money. It is not clear whether attorneys in the case advised her to abandon the pursuit of spousal support.

High-asset divorces pose unique challenges for couples, largely because of complex asset division associated with large accounts and holdings. Celebrities like Brolin and Lane may find themselves dividing real estate, retirement accounts, investments and even luxury items like yachts and vacation homes. This complex asset division can quickly become confusing in the absence of a prenup or other legal documentation. High-asset divorce couples can benefit from the assistance of a qualified divorce attorney who can help each person understand their legal rights and responsibilities in the courtroom.

Source: www.nydailynews.com, "Josh Brolin, Diane Lane's divorce finalized after nine years of marriage" Zayda Rivera, Dec. 02, 2013

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