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Rumors swirl around possible breakup for Fleetwood Mac drummer


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 10, 2013 in Alimony

Bands break up all the time. People read about this band or that group going their separate ways on a regular basis. In many ways, these splits are a lot divorces. Some are nasty and bitter while others are peaceful and amicable. Fights over ownership or money are common, and people may be asked to choose sides in the wake of a breakup. Sometimes a separation has seemed inevitable for a long time while other times it comes as a complete surprise.

However, divorces in Connecticut can be much more complicated than rearranging a tour schedule. Issues like child custody and support, division of assets and spousal support can be intensely personal and have a significant impact on every person involved in a divorce.

The band Fleetwood Mac has experienced many different breakups and reunions throughout their lengthy history, but drummer Mick Fleetwood is dealing with breakup rumors outside of the iconic band. According to reports, the musician has plans to file for divorce from his wife of 18 years. It is also reported that he will request alimony from his wife.

It is not clear if the request for spousal support would have any legitimacy, as the rocker is part of a band that has sold 100 million albums and he has an unspecified sum of money from premarital royalties and memorabilia. In general, alimony is assigned either through mediation by a judge. Spousal support is not always a factor in divorces, but it can be a common way of making the financial transition from marriage to divorce easier for struggling spouses.

Even though the band is currently on a 34-city tour, Fleetwood filed for legal separation from his wife and is reportedly citing irreconcilable differences.

Source: Daily Mail, "Time to go your own way! Fleetwood Mac star Mick files for legal separation from third wife...and asks for spousal support," Mike Larkin, April 9, 2013