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"Dexter" stars finalize their divorce

Many Springfield residents watch "Dexter," the Showtime television series about a serial killer with a conscience. It may be of interest, then, to note that the show's stars, Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, recently finalized their divorce.

On "Dexter," which is in its sixth season, Hall plays the main character, a serial killer who only preys on the scum of society. Carpenter plays Dexter's sister, a Miami police detective who often investigates Dexter's crimes but does not know he is the culprit.

Carpenter and Hall met on the show and married in December 2008. About a year ago, they filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

Neither Hall nor Carpenter has said too much publicly about the reasons behind the ending of the marriage, but there was a rumor that Hall had had an affair with Julia Stiles, the "10 Things I Hate About You" star who did a guest appearance on "Dexter." (Of course, there is no reason to believe that is anything more than a rumor.)

The couple's property division agreement will be kept confidential.

Hopefully, this story illustrates that people from all walks of life -- from celebrities to very average people -- encounter marital difficulties and sometimes decide it is best if they are no longer in their relationship. If you have been feeling something similar, it may not be a bad idea to speak to a family law attorney about how a divorce would proceed. You can then think about the information you gather and can turn it over in your mind or discuss it with trusted confidantes. Ultimately, you may not even need to use it, but in the end, isn't it better to be informed of all your options?

Source: The Springfield Register, "'Dexter' starts Hall and Carpenter divorce final," Anthony McCartney, Dec. 6, 2011

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