The community property laws in California provide family law judges in the state with few options, and divorcing couples who would rather decide for themselves how their property will be divided may enter into amicable agreements to avoid protracted court disputes. Celebrity gossip is now an accepted part of the daily news cycle, and famous divorcing couples may be especially motivated to end their marriages quietly and avoid the public glare of a civil trial.
This is what the former ‘Criminal Minds” star and ‘The Talk” co-host Aisha Tyler and her attorney husband Jeff Tietjens did when they came to the conclusion that their 20-year marriage was beyond repair. Tietjens said that the couple had been estranged for some time when he filed for divorce in Los Angeles in 2016, and media reports indicate that the couple reached an agreement on May 17 that will finalize matters once it has been reviewed and approved by a judge.
The agreement is said to require Tyler to pay Tietjens $500,000 up front, and the actress and talk show host will also pay her former husband monthly spousal support of $31,250 for a period of four years. Tyler gets to keep a Tesla Model S sedan under the agreement, and Tietjens will continue to drive his 2012 Lexus.
Community property laws can put a crimp in high-asset divorce negotiations, and experienced family law attorneys may encourage their clients who are considering getting married to enter into prenuptial agreements to avoid problems down the road. While these agreements are often portrayed in a bad light by the press, attorneys could point out that marriages may actually be strengthened when anxieties and doubts are put to rest and the parties know where they stand.