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Real estate the subject of a lawsuit in celebrity divorce

Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn that -- as is true in many divorces -- real estate is among the main concerns of a lawsuit filed against television and movie star Parminder Nagra. Her soon-to-be ex-husband has asked a court to award him a 50-percent share of three real estate properties and $500,000 in damages. The lawsuit comes during the couple's divorce and claims that James Stenson, Nagra's soon-to-be ex, managed all of the real estate and investments for Nagra, both before and during their marriage.

The couple was together for about six years prior to their marriage. In addition, Stenson contends that, before they wed, he moved from London to the U.S. to join the "ER" star. To do this, he says, he gave up a career as a photographer that paid $300,000 per year.

The court may seek to determine the ownership classification for the real estate and other property in question. In many such cases in Massachusetts, the divorce court reviews all evidence to determine if the property should be classified as separate or marital. If marital, it is subject to division in the divorce proceedings. If not, then the spouse who owned the property prior to marriage could be entitled to its entire value, though the community property laws in California may impact that decision.

The couple also has a 2-year-old child. No details of the divorce filing have mentioned which of the parents is seeking to be the primary custodian of the toddler. This question and others will be the subject of discussion, negotiation and potentially litigation as the pair goes through the divorce process. While Massachusetts is not a community property state, those seeking a divorce here will likely benefit from receiving the right advice when it comes to determining each person's rights and options in the dissolution process.

Source: E! Online, "ER Star Parminder Nagra Sued for Damages By Soon-to-Be Ex-Husband," Josh Grossberg, June 28, 2012

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