California readers who also happen to enjoy reality TV shows may be among fans of Courtney Stodden and her now-former spouse, Doug Hutchison. The pair made headline news when they married in 2011. Three years or so ago, they separated. Stodden says they have finally settled property division issues are merely awaiting the judge to sign off on their final divorce papers.
A unique factor in the former couple’s relationship was a vast age difference, with Hutchison being 50 at the time they wed and Stodden 16. They had severed ties and reunited multiple times before actually filing for divorce. Stodden says she is retaining ownership of all the appliances and furniture from the home she shared with Hutchison during marriage.
Hutchison, on the other hand, is apparently keeping a Wrangler Jeep and a dog. As for funds in existing bank accounts and an insurance policy, the exes will be equally splitting those assets. Stodden mentioned that a miscarriage she suffered had caused a deep rift in her marriage that may have ultimately been a causal factor toward their divorce.
In California, property division is governed under community property regulations, meaning that marital property is equally split between spouses in divorce. If a problem arises, such as one spouse accusing the other of hiding assets, it is helpful to seek additional support by meeting with an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can assess a situation and recommend a best course of action to help protect a client’s rights and financial interests in divorce.