05 Nov Dina Eastwood withdraws legal separation papers, chooses divorce
Clint Eastwood is known for playing some of the toughest characters in Hollywood history. But no matter how strong of a persona he portrayed, in recent years Eastwood’s on-screen life did not match his real life. He and his wife of 17 years, Dina Eastwood, were living apart “for some time” according to Dina. She filed legal separation papers last month before withdrawing them — and now, she has chosen to file the real thing. The Eastwoods will enter divorce proceedings soon.
Central to their divorce proceeding will be the wellbeing of their 16-year-old daughter. Dina wants physical custody of their daughter and has also requested spousal support.
While the unfolding divorce proceeding of the Eastwoods is interesting, we want to focus on the legal separation aspect that occurred before their official divorce filing.
Legal separation can be a nice middle ground for couples who have hit a rough patch in their marriage. Legal separation does not mean that you and your spouse are divorced — you are still legally married. However, the legal separation period can give you the time you need to process the issue (or issues) in your marriage. Maybe that means you decide to get a divorce, or maybe you choose to stay together. In either scenario though, the legal separation can really be beneficial to the couple.
Additionally, legal separation can be used as a way to establish other elements of your life before getting a divorce. For example, legal separation can buy you some time to establish your residency in a state, or to help you out with health insurance (in preparation for a divorce).
Source: CNN, “Clint Eastwood’s wife files for divorce,” Alan Duke, Oct. 24, 2013