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Seal and Heidi Klum say 'auf wiedersehen'

Massachusetts readers may be interested to learn that TV host and model Heidi Klum has announced that she has officially filed divorce papers against her husband, singer Seal. This divorce announcement comes after the couple told the media in January that they had decided to separate. The couple has been married for seven years.

Known to many for her role on the television show "Project Runway," Klum and her soon-to-be ex-husband told reporters that the split was amicable and that they still loved and respected each other. In fact, until the separation, Klum and Seal had been known for their annual renewal of wedding vows. When they separated in January, they issued a joint statement acknowledging that they had grown apart.

Klum and Seal are the parents of four young children, and both have noted that the well-being of the kids remained a top priority.

As many Massachusetts residents know, couples who decide to divorce will typically confront such issues as child custody and property division, as well as child and spousal support. Although no negotiations between Klum and Seal have been finalized, it is likely that some talks have already been underway. It will be interesting to see how the celebrity couple decides to handle these common issues.

No one expects their marriage to end. However, people change along the way, and many couples do decide that divorce is right for them. When this happens, it is important that both people have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities as they move through the process of beginning a new life.

Source: WPTV, "Heidi Klum, Seal to divorce: Model and Project Runway host files papers in California," April 7, 2012

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