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Complications may arise in a second, or subsequent, divorce

There's a way of predicting which marriages will last a lifetime and which will end prematurely. In New jersey or another state, a spouse filing for divorce more than once may face more challenges than someone entering the process for the first time. Actress Geena Davis may agree as her fourth husband (of 17 years) recently took steps to end their marriage. 

Repeat divorces often include blended family situations, complication financial matters and other issues that may require skilled negotiation and legal assistance to resolve in an amicable fashion. In Davis's case, her husband has requested spousal support and has asked the court to deny any similar request Davis might make at some point. The two have three children together, 13-year-old twins and another child who is 16.  

The children's father has also filed a petition seeking shared legal and physical custody of the couple's children. A previous divorce does not necessarily have specific legal bearing on another. It is possible, however, that some aspect of existing court orders related to a prior divorce may impact current proceedings, such as any spousal or child support a particular spouse is already paying, which could influence the court's decision regarding payment amounts in a current situation.  

Davis and her husband are listed under the name of Doe in their divorce documents. This is undoubtedly an attempt to protect their privacy, since Hollywood stars often face the added challenge of having their personal lives aired in public, which can cause additional stress. Any New Jersey spouse considering filing for a divorce may want to discuss his or her plans with an experienced family law attorney before heading to court.   

Source: People, "Geena Davis' Husband Reza Jarrahy Files for Divorce", Karen Mizoguchi, May 8, 2018

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