News of impending divorce between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt went viral as soon as it was released. Just as fans in Missouri and world-wide have paid close attention to the couple's Hollywood ventures and family activities, so too are they following the unfolding of their marital split. The couple has six children, who quickly became a central focus of the divorce since their mother has requested full custody. One issue that may be more easily resolved, thanks to a solid prenuptial agreement, is how high-net-worth assets will be divided between the soon-to-be former spouses.
Unlike some other states in the nation, Missouri is known as an equitable property state, which means property and assets may not necessarily be divided evenly during divorce. In community property states, assets and income earned during the marriage are considered owned equally by the parties. In Missouri, and other equitable distribution states, marital assets are distributed fairly, although perhaps not equally.