The wife of actor and director Clint Eastwood has filed for divorce after more than 17 years together. As in many long high-income marriages that end in divorce, the couple likely will involve issues of property division and spousal support.
The couple has a 16-year-old daughter. Eastwood’s wife, Dina, who starred in a reality TV show in 2012, is asking for physical custody of the daughter. She is agreeing to share legal custody, which is the parental right to make decisions about the child’s schooling, religious upbringing and so on.
This divorce petition comes after Dina filed for separation in September. She withdrew that petition, but in the divorce filing says that she and her husband have lived apart for “some time” now.
Given that the daughter is already 16, the child custody order will be for a relatively short time, though that does not mean that Eastwood will try to get shared custody. If custody is awarded to Dina Eastwood, she may also be rewarded significant child support, so the custody issue has important financial implications.
Dina Eastwood is also seeking spousal support. Beyond that, much of her husband’s income since their 1996 marriage will probably be considered marital property, meaning she is entitled to a great deal of it.
Of course, all of these questions could be pre-determined if the couple has a prenuptial agreement. This is a contract that the spouses agree upon before marriage, in which they decide who gets what and how the children will be raised in the event of divorce. An article about the divorce filing does not mention whether the Eastwoods signed a prenup.
Source: CNN, “Clint Eastwood’s wife files for divorce,” Alan Duke, Oct. 25, 2013