Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel Reach Amicable Divorce Settlement

We all knew that the one and only Idina Menzel is wick-ed-ly talented. What we now know is that she is also more than reasonable when it comes to getting a divorce.

According to a recent article by TMZ, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have reached a settlement in the pending divorce case. Idina and Taye have agreed that they each make enough money and that neither one of them needs a spousal support or child support order at this time. They have also agreed to share custody of their 5-year-old son, Walker and have agreed to divide all of the parenting costs equally.

What if they hadn’t settled?

If the couple had not settled their case out of family court then there most likely would have been orders made for both spousal support and child support.

Taye and Idina had a 10-year marriage which means that if there were going to be a spousal support order then it could have been substantial and indefinite—depending on the respective income and assets of each party. In California, the duration of spousal support depends on the length of the marriage. If spouses are married for at least 10 years then the duration of spousal support is indefinite; if they are married for less than 10 years then the duration of support is generally one half the length of the marriage. Taye and Idina both make a good living and decided that neither needed the help of the other in order to maintain the standard of living to which each has grown accustomed.

Unless the parents made the exact amount of money, then had they not settled there would have been an order for the higher earner to pay the other parent monthly child support. It is a common misconception that if parents share 50/50 custody of a child, there will be no child support order. In fact, child support in California is determined by a formula that considers, among other things, the incomes of each parent as well as the timeshare percentage (the amount of time that the child spends with each parent). In a 50/50 custody situation, if there is a significant enough disparity in the incomes of the parents then there will be a guideline child support order made.

By settling their case, Diggs and Menzel avoided the substantial costs of litigation not to mention the stress that comes with it. Sometimes it is best to set aside your differences and just Let It Go.

Encinitas divorce lawyer, John Griffith, represents husbands and wives in divorce and family law cases throughout San Diego County.  Many of his cases result in settlements much like the Diggs-Menzel case.  If you need advice for your pending divorce call Griffith, Young & Lass for a free 30-minute consultation. 858-345-1720