Arizona fans of the Dixie Chicks may not be aware of the personal drama going on behind the scenes involving the band’s lead singer, Natalie Maines. The singer is in a contentious divorce with actor Adrian Pasdar. The singer wants the prenuptial agreement that was signed before the marriage to be put into place and declared valid so the divorce process can be completed at a faster pace.
At the heart of this prenuptial agreement fight is a request by Pasdar to receive monthly spousal support and temporary child support payments. The singer’s estranged husband is also seeking reimbursement for legal fees. The actor contends he has accumulated approximately $200,000 worth of debt since he separated from Maines. He further contends the Dixie Chicks singer is worth roughly $50 million and stands to make even more from future earnings related to her music-related endeavors.
Pasdar claims he gave up his acting career to care for children he had with Maines so she could continue to pursue her career. The actor says his wife normally paid all bills. The prenuptial agreement was signed before the couple tied the knot in 2000. While the actor is willing to divide marital property as specified in the agreement, he wants spousal support to be granted as well, even though this was not stipulated in the prenup. Maines counters with accusations that the actor is forcing her to spend more money by refusing to sign documents verifying the validity of the prenup.
With situations like this, a high-asset divorce attorney may attempt to seek a mutually acceptable resolution. Typically, a spouse wishing to have a prenup declared invalid will have to show that there were clear oversights with its formation. A lawyer might be able to make a case for amending the agreement if circumstances changed significantly since it was signed.