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Moore-Kutcher divorce proceedings inch toward resolution

Many people in Texas have followed the saga of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher as their unlikely marriage fascinated the country. Kutcher, a young up-and-coming star, seemed an unlikely husband for Moore, who was married for many years to action star Bruce Willis and was several years older than Kutcher -- and had children who weren't that much younger than him.

To the surprise of all but the most optimistic among us, the marriage is headed for divorce. In fact it's been headed there for a while now; the couple announced their split about 15 months ago. However, due to negotiations regarding property division and spousal support, no papers were filed until Kutcher finally did so in December.

Moore has now responded with her own filing. According to the filing, Moore wants Kutcher to pay her legal fees as well as spousal support. Moore was one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood at one time, and all of her children are now at least 18, so it might seem at first glance that she wouldn't require any financial support from Kutcher -- who is 16 years younger than her.

However, Kutcher's recent success means his current income dwarfs that of his soon-to-be former wife. He is famously known as a venture capitalist; has several endorsement deals; recently premiered a new movie where he stars as Apple founder Steve Jobs; and with his starring role on TV's "Two and a Half Men," he is the most highly paid actor on a weekly show.

It remains to be seen how long it will take for the divorce to become final, but it seems likely that we have not seen the last of court filings between the two Hollywood icons.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Demi Moore files divorce papers, responding to Ashton Kutcher," Christie D'Zurilla, March 7, 2013

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