Most couples have the goal of resolving their divorce quickly, but this is not always possible. Take the 1993 divorce of Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson for example. The 1980s power couple is still battling out their disagreements in family court 21 years later. Indeed, when it comes to property division, divorce settlement payouts, unsold real estate, alimony and child support payments, complex issues can drag out the divorce process to be much longer than anyone initially expected.
Burt Has Owed Loni Over $100,000 for the Last 21 Years
In Burt and Loni's 1993 divorce, the couple agreed to a divorce settlement of $234,794 to be paid to Anderson by Reynolds. However, Reynolds never paid a good portion of that settlement. Then, Reynolds suffered a serious financial setback in the middle of the 1990s, which led to him filing for bankruptcy. His divorce settlement debt to Anderson was not erased as a result of the bankruptcy process, though, and his debt to her stayed on the books. Now, 21 years later, a family court judge has ruled that Burt Reynolds must hand over the unpaid sum to his ex-wife plus interest, which brings the current total to $154,000.
Burt and Loni were only married for about five years before they decided to break up, but they dated for five years before getting married. They also adopted a son together, who is now 25 years of age. Following their early 90s break up, Burt suffered a great deal of financial turmoil. He lost the Burt Reynolds Ranch in his 1990s bankruptcy and more recently, in 2011, his Florida home was subjected to foreclosure. Now, in 2014, at 78 years of age, he will suffer yet another financial setback related to his 21-year-old debt owed to his 68-year-old ex-wife.
A Quick, Permanently Resolved and Peaceful Divorce Is Preferred
Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences that any person will ever have to live through, which is why it is so important to wrap up one's divorce as quickly, permanently and peacefully as possible. Fortunately, an experienced divorce attorney will know exactly what actions to take in order to limit the chances of a divorce dragging on for years and years, so that the average ex-spouses can avoid a situation like the 80s power couple Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson have had to experience.
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