By John Clark
The estranged wife of famous actor Clint Eastwood is reportedly filing for divorce after 17 years of marriage, according to a report this week from CNN.
Sources say Eastwoodâ€™s wife, Dina Eastwood, is expected to ask for full child custody (the couple has one young daughter) in her divorce papers.
Itâ€™s too early to tell whether Dina will be able to gain full custody of the coupleâ€™s, but in many states, courts tend to err on the side of granting legal custody to both parents.
This, of course, might still allow for Dina to keep the child, but even if she does have physical custody, itâ€™s likely that her husband will be able to have a say in all important decisions related to the childâ€™s care.
According to reports, Clint Eastwoodâ€™s 48-year-old-wife, a former television news anchor, claimed in her divorce petition that the couple suffers from â€œirreconcilable differences.â€ The divorce petition was reportedly filed in Monterey County, California, where the couple resides.
Interestingly, Dina Eastwood filed separation papers in October, but withdrew them a few days later after deciding to change her legal strategy. In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Dina Eastwood said she and her husband remain close, but the two have been living apart â€œfor some time.â€
Clint Eastwood became famous at a relatively young age, and has continued to star in and direct major films. He gained even more fame in 2012 when he spoke at the Republican National Convention and memorably spoke to an empty chair.
The divorcing couple reportedly married in March of 1996, and their daughter, who is now 16, was born that December.
Dina Eastwood and her daughter, Morgan, were featured with the actorâ€™s other daughter, Francesca, on a recent reality television show, â€œMrs. Eastwood and Company.â€
Sources also note that Clint Eastwood has one previous wife, Maggie Johnson, and has had eight children with six different women.
And while the couple certainly has a lot of money to divide between the two of them, the distribution of marital assets is likely covered by a prenuptial agreement, which is common in marriages between wealthy celebrities.
Of course, if they donâ€™t have a prenuptial agreement, things could get messy. Itâ€™s more likely, however, that the two will argue over who is granted physical custody of their daughter, although Dina Eastwood has reportedly offered to share legal custody with her soon-to-be former husband.
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