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Mary J. Blige and husband headed for divorce

Mary J. Blige's music might be what the singer is best known for, but her voice is not what currently has her making headlines. Blige and her manager, Martin Isaacs, will likely be severing their long-standing professional relationship. The couple is also heading for a divorce.

In 2003, Blige married her manager in a ceremony held at her home. After nearly 13 years of marriage, the New York native blamed the recent divorce filing on irreconcilable differences between the couple. It is still not clear if the couple had any type of prenuptial agreement. However, Blige requested that her ex-spouse not be given any spousal support.

Blige originally rose to stardom in 1989 and has garnered nine total Grammy Awards, and she apparently intends to continue work on her current album and other professional pursuits during the divorce. Since the couple do not share any children, they will not need to address custody or support costs, but there are still several issues that must be taken care of before a divorce can be granted. If the couple did not sign any type of pre- or postmarital agreement, they will still need to discuss how marital assets -- including debt -- are to be separated.

Even a seemingly straight forward divorce can become incredibly complex in a surprisingly short period of time. Prenuptial agreements can help New York couples avoid lengthy and expensive time in family law court by determining how assets will be handled in the event that a marriage does not last. However, even in the absence of an agreement, most couples can come to an agreeable arrangement through either mediation or negotiations without having to leave these important decisions up to a judge.

Source: New York Daily News, "Mary J. Blige files for divorce from husband Kendu Isaacs", Nicole Bitette, July 28, 2016

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