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American Pie singer finalizes divorce while legal woes loom

In many instances, the dissolution of marriage can become contentious. However, when a divorce happens because of physical or emotional abuse, proceedings can become more protracted. Readers in Kentucky considering divorce proceedings may be interested in a recent story about the split between "American Pie" songwriter Don McLean and his wife.

According to a recent report, the singer and songwriter recently finalized a divorce with his wife, Patrisha. They had been married for over 30 years. He and his ex-wife, who is a photographer and author, have two children together. Despite a premarital agreement, the couple agreed to a $10 million settlement.

One reason that the split was eventually decided so amicably may be the fact that McLean was arrested last January at his home in Camden, Maine. The charges against him included misdemeanor domestic violence assault. In her filing, Patrisha cited cruel and abusive treatment, irreconcilable differences and adultery.

Divorce can become an extremely complicated endeavor in the best of situations. When there are other legal issues involved, this is especially true. Those in Kentucky who are considering filing for divorce may find it beneficial to discuss their specific situation with an attorney who focuses on divorce law and litigation. Attorneys who are experienced in this area of law can evaluate a client's unique situation and discuss various legal options that are available. In addition, this type of attorney could be the best resource when discussing the state and local laws that may provide a client the best chance of a beneficial outcome.