A Celebrity Long Term Marriage Ends

Channing Tatum is an American actor. He obtained mega-star status for his roles in the Magic Mike movies as exotic dancer Magic Mike.

Jenna Dewan is an American actress and dancer. She began her career as a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson. Mostly acting in television series, she is known for her roles in The Witches of East End (Lifetime TV) and Supergirl (CW TV).

In 2005, Dewan met fellow actor Tatum on the set of their movie Step Up. They began dating after the completion of the movie. They became engaged in 2008, and married on July 11, 2009 in Malibu, California. Their daughter Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum was born on May 31, 2013 in London, England.

On April 2, 2018, the couple announced that they were separating. On October 26, 2018, celebrity website TMZ posted that Dewan had filed for divorce in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences. According to TMZ, Dewan is asking for joint physical and legal custody of their daughter and spousal support from Channing.

Again, according to TMZ, Channing’s response to Dewan’s petition agrees with the custody request for Everly, but disagrees with her request for spousal support, asking the court to deny Dewan’s request.

In celebrity marriages, a nine-year marriage is a long-term marriage. But in California legal settings a long-term marriage is ten years or more (from the date of marriage to the date of separation).

A long-term marriage does not automatically provide spousal support, nor does a short-term marriage prevent spousal support. Usually, in a short-term marriage, if spousal support is awarded, it is granted for one-half the length of the marriage. But it doesn’t have to be. The judge will grant spousal support based on need and ability to pay and during the support period, the judge has the authority to make changes when necessary. At the end of the term of support, the court will no longer have control of the support issue.

In a long-term marriage, unless the parties agree otherwise, the court will maintain control of the spousal support issue until one party dies or the spouse awarded support remarries. However, just because the marriage lasted longer than ten years, does not automatically provide spousal support to one of the parties. An award of spousal support is based on need and ability of the other party to pay.

Sorry, Jenna, no long-term marriage protection for you.

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