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Mariah Carey facing divorce, possible child custody issues

Monday, December 11, 2017

Another celebrity couple appears to be splitting up, according to entertainment news. The six-year marriage between "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon and pop star Mariah Carey, which has been widely publicized and is well-known to Texas fans, is coming to an end. Cannon filed for divorce on Dec. 12, 2014, and considering the couple have children together, child custody seems a likely issue to arise during the proceedings. 

The divorce comes as no surprise to entertainment fans following the story, as Cannon first went public with the news that he and Carey were no longer living together as of August. He claimed that the two had been living separately for several months at that time. Cannon has been quick to reassure fans that the split is relatively amicable, and that their family obligations have taken on a primary role. 

Since the couple currently has two young children together, the issue of child custody and support will no doubt be covered in their divorce settlement. Factoring in the celebrity nature of both individuals' jobs, it seems likely that any asset division will involve considerable physical and financial assets. This will also have to be taken into consideration should either spouse wish to seek spousal support or alimony in addition to child support. 

Obviously, most Texas residents considering divorce are probably not in the public eye the way that Cannon and Carey are, and they may not be dealing with the same level of financial assets that a celebrity couple might. However, the ins and outs of divorce do not differ as much for average people as one might think, particularly where child custody is concerned. In both cases, a full understanding of each individual's rights and responsibilities under state law will likely help to smooth the road to a mutually satisfactory divorce settlement.

Source: usmagazine.com, "Nick Cannon Files for Divorce From Mariah Carey: Report", Allison Takeda, Jan. 16, 2015

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