Are Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott Headed for Divorce?


Fans of the reality show True Tori may be wondering if Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott are headed for divorce. Tori is reportedly spending her time consulting divorce attorneys while waiting for her husband to return from the rehab he entered after admitting to multiple extramarital affairs. The times the couple have appeared on camera together since Dean entered rehab have been tense at best.

Pasadena divorce lawyers say a divorce would present several challenging legal issues. The couple had no prenup. Tori has been the main breadwinner throughout the marriage, so it’s quite likely that Dean would be within his legal rights to request spousal support and a large portion of their marital assets.

Dean’s recent rehab stint wouldn’t necessarily prevent him from seeking custody of the couple’s four children, which would put Tori on the hook for a hefty child support payment. Even under a joint custody agreement, Tori would likely end up paying child support due to the discrepancy in income between her and her husband. Judges often award child support in joint custody arrangements in order to equalize the living situation in each parent's household.

Tori is the daughter of Aaron Spelling, a film and television producer known for hits such as Charlie’s Angels, Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed, and 7th Heaven. When Aaron died in 2006, his estate was said to be worth $500 million. However, Tori and her brother each inherited just $800,000. Tori’s income comes from film and television appearances, as well as royalties from the six books she has written. Under California law, her inheritance would be considered a separate asset but any income earned during the marriage would be treated as community property.

Tori and Dean were married on May 7, 2006, less than a month after Tori’s divorce from Charlie Shanian. Tori had no children from her first marriage, but Dean has a son from his previous marriage to Mary Jo Eustace.

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