Demetria Graves, Attorney and Legal Mentor, Discusses the Gore Divorce Case and How to Protect Yourself in a Long-Term Marriage

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Internationally renowned politician and Nobel recipient, Al Gore, and his wife, Tipper Gore, have split after forty years of marriage. Attorney at Law and Legal Mentor, Demetria Graves, discusses the unique aspects of divorce after a longstanding marriage and what spouses can do to protect themselves before it is too late.

Al and Tipper Gore have been through a lot together. She was there when he moved into the White House as second-in-charge and when he won the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also there at his senior prom. After spending what many would call a lifetime together, the couple shocked the world by calling it quits after forty years of marriage, and they aren’t the only couple splitting so late in the game. Here to discuss divorce after a longstanding marriage and what spouses can do to protect themselves is Family Attorney at Law and Legal Mentor, Demetria Graves, who is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Divorce after a short marriage is not uncommon, and the proceedings for them tend to be well-known, at least on some basic level, by the general public. However, filing for divorce after a marriage of twenty, thirty, or forty years can be rather complex. Demetria Graves, a Family Law Attorney based out of Los Angeles, explains, “After a marriage of such a long duration, there are not only entangled feelings, but entangled assets, debts, and belongings as well.” Sifting through everything a couple has accumulated and shared over a lifetime can be, simply put, an arduous process.

Furthermore, Spousal Support requirements can make the process an expensive one if awarded, which it often is. According to Family Law Attorney Demetria Graves, “In California, if you have been married for less than ten years, Spousal Support generally lasts for half of the duration of the marriage.” She goes on to state that this is not the case for marriages in California that last longer than ten years, which are generally awarded “long duration” Spousal Support. Graves explains, “‘Long duration’ support is issued indefinitely unless both parties agree to a specific end date. So, if we assume that Al Gore earns more than his wife does, a California court would require he pay her Spousal Support for the foreseeable future.” That could get pretty expensive for Al Gore, who was on track to become the world’s first “carbon billionaire,” according to John Broder of the New York Times.

The Gore divorce case carries a high emotional price tag as well. “Even though Al and Tipper Gore’s children are all adults and are in their late twenties and thirties and thus are no longer dependents, there is still concern regardless of their age,” says Attorney Demetria Graves. Graves states that emotional bonds are hard to break and that this is especially evident in long-term marriages or when children have seen their parents get along for so long.

When asked about what the Gores or any spouses can do to protect themselves in long term marriages, Attorney at Law, Demetria Graves, suggested reviewing their history. “Be clear on what you own. Did either party have debt or assets before the marriage? If so, is there proof to support it?” Looks like the Gores will be in for the long haul, in terms of court dates that is.

Demetria L. Graves, Esq. is a family law attorney who opened her own firm to provide clients with the exceptional personal service and legal mentoring that is not always available at a larger firm. Demetria Graves is an outstanding attorney, with memberships in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and the Pasadena Bar Association. She has also been a Professor of Family Law at West Law College in Los Angeles. In addition, Demetria Graves is an active member of the Step Up Women’s Network, a nonprofit targeting the development of business skills in women and underprivileged teens.

Ms. Graves, Esq., handles all aspects of California family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, paternity, visitation rights, guardianship and related legal issues. The Law Offices of Demetria L. Graves represents clients throughout Los Angeles County, including Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, L.A., West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Arcadia, Alhambra and communities throughout the Los Angeles metro area.


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