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Actor and musician end 20-year relationship

Perhaps best known for her role as Cher in the teen comedy "Clueless" from years ago, Alicia Silverstone has maintained a relatively low profile for someone engrained in the highly visible entertainment industry. In fact, she and her husband, musician Christopher Jarecki of the punk band S.T.U.N., have been together for 20 years and have been married for six of them. Just recently, the couple decided to end their union and separate their lives from each other.

Hollywood divorces are not unique. Massachusetts residents hear about them all the time. It seems as though a popular celebrity and their spouse end their relationship each week and details of their split spill out in the media over the weeks following their announcement. What makes Silverstone and Jarecki's split somewhat more unique is the fact that their relationship endured for so long and that they share a 6-year-old son.

Marital property laws differ from state to state and, in some jurisdictions, couples own together the wealth and assets that they acquire during their legal relationships. As the parties seek to separate their lives, their divorce court may entertain a review of when Silverstone earned her wealth and if her soon-to-be ex-husband is entitled to any of the earnings she amassed from her breakout 1990's role.

Also critical to the dissolution of their marriage will be the custodial plan put in place to ensure that their son is well-provided for. A custody plan should include provisions regarding his physical and legal custody, as well as any other stipulations that the parties wish to include to ensure that their contact with their son is appropriate and established.

Divorce, custody and property division are all important family law issues. Celebrities and regular people alike can benefit from speaking with family law attorneys when their marriages reach their ends.

Source:, "Alicia Silverstone and Husband Christopher Jarecki Split," McKenna Aiello, Feb. 26, 2018

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