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Mel Gibson divorce settlement reached

It is often assumed that celebrity divorces are more complicated than that of the average couple divorcing in Ohio, because of the fame and money involved. Sometimes this is true. In other cases it is not. At the root of every divorce where children are involved the main issues are usually the division of assets, child custody, visitation and support. This is true regardless of one's social standing.

The highly publicized divorce between Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva has been resolved. The divorcing couple has a 22-month-old daughter together.

Under the divorce settlement, Ms. Grigorieva will receive a total of $750,000 from the actor by January 2016. The payments will be in three installments. She will also remain in the Sherman Oaks house that is owned by Mr. Gibson, until their daughter turns 18. At that point he house will be sold with the proceeds to be put into a trust for the girl.

Though the details of the custody arrangement were not made public, the two will reportedly have equal time with their daughter.

In Ohio, the amount of spousal support or alimony awarded varies depending on one's location and the judge assigned to the case. Many factors are considered including the length of marriage, which parent the children will live with, the levels of education of each spouse as well as their ages.

When possible, Ohio custody arrangements seek to have both parents actively involved in the lives of the children. This is because shared parenting is generally seen as being best for the children involved. There are of course situations where this is not true. Sole child custody can be ordered by the court when it deems it necessary. It can also be agreed upon.

In the Gibson- Grigorieva case there is one caveat of the divorce settlement that is probably not often seen in non-celebrity divorces. As part of their settlement neither spouse can write a book regarding their relationship.

Source: Southwest Riverside News Network, "Mel Gibson's divorce settlement details released," Aug. 31, 2011

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