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Date: Mar 07 2006


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It’s not uncommon to hear about celebrities breaking up. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt recently parted ways. So did Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crowe. Even Britney Spears and her husband Kevin Federline are having problems. Sometimes the break ups are friendly, other times they are not. The recent divorce of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey is one that is not.

Soon after the divorce, Nick Lachey filed a law suit against his ex-wife in order to get money from her. Listen to Taylor and I talk about it.


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Dave:  You hear the latest news about Jessica Simpson and her ex-husband, now, Nick Lachey?

Taylor:  I’ve heard that they are splitting up despite their very publicized union. Didn’t they have their own reality show about their domestic life together?

Dave:  Yeah.

Taylor:  That’s kind of sick. Yeah, I’ve heard about it, and I’ve heard that Nick, being the, ah, the non-bread winner of the family is now asking for some spousal support.

Dave:  Right, right. He’s suing her for alimony after the divorce. It is something to think about if you’re going to get married is, you know, alimony. If you marry someone, they’re entitled to half of your assets.

Taylor:  Right. You, you’re not married. If you were married, and you made significantly less than your spouse, would you sue her for spousal support?

Dave:  Oh, that’s a good question. I don’t think that I would. Mostly, it’s probably a pride thing.



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In the U.S., marriage can be a big financial risk. If things don’t work out, the primary bread winner in the family may be forced to make monthly payments to the other person. Also, the couple will have to divide their assets equally.

In the case of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Nick wants half of the $1 million Jessica earned before they officially separated.



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Since i'm not married , i couldn't see the situation personally, but generally speaking i think people shouldn't ask the other part for money or something else after split up.Since we have broken up , we should win our own bread.

01:27 AM Jun 12 2007 |



very good!

06:20 AM Mar 07 2006 |




04:35 AM Mar 07 2006 |

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