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Former "American Idol" judge may face divorce issues

Monday, July 16, 2018

The man who arguably popularized the term "dawg" is facing a potentially difficult separation, according to celebrity news. Texas residents will remember Randy Jackson as one of the original judges on the hit television show "American Idol," where he gauged the singing ability of amateur performers for over a decade.  Now, his wife is filing for divorce, and considering his popularity and net worth, he may face unique divorce issues

Erika Jackson filed for divorce on September 24 but listed their separation date as September 11. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for her filing, and she is in the process of restoring her maiden name of Riker on her personal papers and identification. The couple first married in 1995. 

Erica and Randy have two children, the youngest of which is 17 years old. Erika is filing for full custody of both children, as well as spousal support. It is unclear what number she has attached to her support claim, but the couple is well-to-do, and if standard of living is to be maintained, the amount could be considerable.  

Divorce issues in situations where one or both spouses have accrued considerable assets can be complicated. Here in Texas, which is an equitable distribution state, it is up to the courts to decide how marital assets should be split. The Jackson divorce is occurring in a state that subscribes to community property laws, which means the family marital assets will be split evenly -- bringing about its own issues. No matter how valuable a family's assets might be, it is a good idea for both parties to be educated on how their home state will deal with property division in a divorce situation.

Source: CBS News, "Randy Jackson of "American Idol" fame and wife to divorce after 19 years", , Sept. 26, 2014

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