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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher divorce drags on with no agreement

Arizona readers may be aware that the announced divorce plans for Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have dragged on for almost a year now. It was reported that, on the weekend of his sixth wedding anniversary last year, Ashton had a one night stand with another woman. In Nov. 2011, Demi announced she was pursuing a divorce. Currently, Ashton is rumored to be dating his former "That '70s Show" co-star, Mila Kunis. All signs point to the fact that Ashton and Demi have moved on, and yet there is still no sign of any formal divorce filings.

Some observers of celebrity breakups are asking what the delay is all about. There is no outward indication that the couple is considering reconciliation. Rather, some say the snag has to do with money. In view of the fact that Ashton made a reported $24 million last year, money may well be at the root of it all. Understandably, any high asset divorce negotiation involves a number of delicate financial matters. In the case of Ashton and Demi, there is no mention that a prenuptial agreement exists.

Ashton is reportedly not interested in making a substantial payout to Demi. So far, the couple has been able to keep whatever negotiations are taking place under wraps. It is said the attorneys for both sides are working toward a settlement, but no details have been divulged. The secrecy may be exactly what Demi and Ashton want.

Every divorce is different, but few Arizona couples want their dirty linen aired in public. For celebrity couples, the parties often have to balance the interest of the public in their private lives with their desire to handle these types of matters privately. Divorce mediation and a collaborative effort are just two of the potential avenues of negotiation to accomplish that result. Whichever approach is taken, most divorces are able to be obtained without the intense glare of the public eye.

Source: Huffington Post, "Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher: Money Is Slowing Down Divorce Proceedings," Oct. 24, 2012

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