Dissolution of marriage process works for John Mellencamp

As we've seen in a number of different discussions, divorces and dissolutions can get very messy. When a high-profile couple decides to end their marriage, the situation can escalate given the public nature of the separation.

But one particular couple's dissolution of marriage was finalized with little drama. John and Elaine Mellencamp were married for nearly nineteen years before deciding to go their separate ways. They had two children together as well as a number of assets that they acquired during their marriage.

Often, the combination of a lot of wealth and children can make for a complicated separation. But, as some Ohio residents may already know, going through dissolution of marriage can be an effective solution when choosing to end a marriage. The agreement still ensures that decisions surrounding issues like child custody, property division, and spousal support are made but can guide couples through the process at a much quicker pace.

That may have been the case in the Mellencamp dissolution. Apparently the two attended dissolution seminars to help them through the process which took seven-and-a-half months to finalize. This is a short amount of time compared to some of the other high-profile divorce cases that can take years to reach an agreement.

The couple agreed that Elaine would have primary custody of their two sons while John would pay monthly child support. There is no indication that any spousal support agreement was reached. Even the property division process was simple - the couple had signed a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married.

Dissolution of marriage can be especially beneficial for all involved when the two parties know what they want from the separation. While ending a marriage will always involve complications, keeping it as simple as possible can help the couple as well as their children move forward.

Source: Herald Times Online: "Mellencamps' divorce 'amicable,' property settlement based on prenuptial agreement," Laura Lane, Aug. 16, 2011.

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