Demi Moore-Ashton Kutcher divorce could get ugly

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, whose divorce timing may be about money, an expert says.

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Ashton Kutcher's move to file for divorce from Demi Moore last week more than a year after they announced their split could be a matter of money or taxes, a veteran divorce attorney said.

In the divorce papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Kutcher cited irreconcilable differences. He did not seek any spousal support, nor did he ask that Moore be denied any.

Christopher Melcher, a veteran California divorce attorney who has represented Katie Holmes and other celebrities, said that when a filing occurs late in December, it is because the couple wants to terminate the marriage before the end of the year for tax reasons.

"A case has to be filed before the court can enter a judgment," he said.

Moore allegedly netted $90 million in her divorce from Bruce Willis. It is unclear whether she will seek a lucrative settlement from Kutcher, who is Hollywood's highest paid TV actor and has made several investments in start-up tech companies. During their marriage, Moore, once Hollywood's highest paid actress, has also made money producing several successful movies.

It is unclear if the couple had a prenuptial agreement.

Moore announced the split in November 2011. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," Moore said in a statement in November 2011. "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."

In recent weeks, Kutcher has been seen with his former TV costar Mila Kunis in her hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

[For the record, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 24: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Christopher Melcher represented Tom Cruise. He represented Katie Holmes.]


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Photo: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in February 2009. Credit: Hermann J. Knippertz / Associated Press

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