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Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti to divorce after 11 years

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Movie actress Ashley Judd and racecar driver Dario Franchitti have decided to end their 11 year marriage, the two recently announced. The two were married in 1999 after a two-year engagement, but do not have any children.

According to the couple, it is a mutual decision. They have not given any details on what has led to the divorce, and many in Illinois may be surprised at the news as the couple recently seemed to have enjoyed a happy anniversary in December. However, they say that they still have and will continue to maintain an amiable relationship.

In any case, it looks as if Judd does not plan on the divorce keeping her down. The rumor is that Judd has been exploring a run for the senate at some point in the future.

While Judd appears to be taking the divorce in stride, all divorces tend to be trying. For example, high asset divorces can be contentious because there is so much money and property on the line. Lower asset divorces in contrast can be difficult because there are too few resources to divide between the parties. Either way, there are ways to minimize the difficulty, especially if both spouses are willing to work with each other and come to a mutual agreement on how to proceed.

Another way to help ensure that a divorce goes as smoothly as possible is to plan for the worst before ever getting married in the first place. Few people, if any, expect that they will get someday get a divorce before their marriage even starts. However, the reality is that divorces happen. Entering into a prenuptial agreement can prevent arguments over things such as property division, alimony, and child custody.

Source: StarPulse, "Ashley Judd & Dario Franchetti 'Mutually Decide' to End Their 11-Year-Marriage," Jan. 30 2013

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