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Unsealed documents show details of Brian France's divorce

When a divorce is finalized, it doesn't necessarily mean an end of legal troubles between ex-spouses, especially when the issue of child custody is involved. Disputes over visitation rights, custody arrangements or alimony payments can all cause additional problems. While all of these problems could be avoided through cooperation outside of a courtroom, sometimes agreements can't be made.

According to newly unsealed divorce documents, NASCAR chief executive Brian France and his ex-wife appear to be locked in legal difficulties even after the completion of their divorce proceedings. The two have been married and divorced from one another twice. Their first marriage began in 2001 and ended in 2004. Their second marriage, which the unsealed documents pertain to, began in 2005 and ended in 2008. They have two children, but the ex-spouses currently reside in different states with Brian France living primarily in Florida and his ex-wife in North Carolina.

The documents show a wide variety of accusations being leveled by each party, even after their divorce. For instance, France has expressed concern that his ex-wife is exuberantly spending money from their settlement and alimony payments on her friends and family. She received $9 million in the settlement, and receives monthly payments of $42,000 in child support and alimony.

On the other hand, France's ex-wife accuses him of verbal abuse when there are disagreements between the two, particularly when he requests visitation with his children. She says he requests constant access to them, regardless of the orders of their divorce agreement.

Unfortunately, some divorces are more contentious than others and can lead to long-term legal conflict with an ex-spouse. In these situations, understanding the full extent of a divorce settlement agreement is fundamentally important, and going over such an agreement carefully can be an opportunity to gather useful information and suggestions.

Source: Fox News, "CUP: France's Divorce Documents Disclosed," May 9, 2013

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