It was recently reported that the marriage of actor Russell Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer, will end in divorce. The couple has been married for nine years and have two sons, ages 8 and 6, together.
According to media reports, the couple signed a prenuptial agreement when they wed in 2003. Under the prenup, Spencer was guaranteed a minimum $15 million settlement if the couple remained married for three years. Given Crowe's significant income from films, as well as his business and property interests, some are estimating that she will receive upwards of $25 million in the divorce.
The spouses are reportedly aiming to keep their divorce amicable for the sake of their sons, so neither has made a public statement regarding the reasons for the split. One theory is that Spencer was unfaithful to her husband with her dance partner from the Australian version of "Dancing With the Stars." Spencer has denied those allegations.
A much more likely culprit is Crowe's busy work schedule. Media reports indicate that the actor has spent most of the last few years filming movies far away from the couple's home in Sydney, Australia, where Spencer and the couple's sons have remained. With seven films scheduled to be released in the next year alone, this seems like a very plausible explanation.
Even if you and your spouse are not in the business of making movies, a hectic work schedule can put pressure on any marriage and ultimately cause a divorce. If you are in this situation, don't hesitate to contact a family law attorney to discuss your options.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, "Danielle Spencer in line for $25m from Russell Crowe in divorce settlement," Andrew Hornery, Oct. 15, 2012