Guns N’ Roses Rocker Agrees to $6.6 Million Divorce Settlement
Legendary musician and songwriter Slash can finally enjoy some closure after a long divorce process. Unfortunately, it is at the cost of over $6 million. The rock star agreed to pay his former wife Perla Ferrar a $6,627,352 equalization payment. Additionally, he will pay $100,000 in spousal support and $39,000 in child support each month. The artist, whose real name is Saul Hudson, will also help support his children by contributing 1.8 percent of his income to the 16- and 14-year-olds. Hudson will keep ownership of his $1.92 million guitar collection.
A Long Journey to End a 13-Year Marriage
The decision for Hudson and Ferrar to split was not a recent one. The couple struggled with marital conflict for years. In 2010, Hudson filed for divorce and intended to leave Ferrar. The couple was able to reach a reconciliation two months later. Four years later in 2014, he filed for divorce again. This separation did end up being permanent. Hudson rekindled a relationship with an ex-girlfriend and moved in with her, signaling that the marriage was beyond reconciliation this time. However, it would be another four years until the marriage legally ended.
Accusations of Bigamy
Hudson accused Ferrar of bigamy because of issues related to her 1993 marriage to Carlos Marty. The rocker alleges that improper filing of divorce documents meant that Ferrar was still married when she married him. Hudson hoped that the error would mean that Ferrar did not have any legal right to his extravagant wealth and assets. However, because of complicated laws regarding putative marriages, or marriages considered legally invalid only due to a technical impediment, Ferrar was still awarded the multi-million dollar divorce settlement.
While the divorce proceedings, in this case, took place in California, the concerns over bigamy would apply anywhere in the U.S, including here in Illinois. According to Illinois state law, a person may only have one spouse at a given time. A marriage in which one of the spouses is already legally married is bigamous and considered void. It is also grounds for an annulment or, as it is called in Illinois law, a declaration of invalidity of marriage.
Contact a Kane County Divorce Lawyer
While you and your spouse may not have a multi-million dollar marital estate to consider during your divorce, the process can be complicated. Contact an experienced Geneva divorce attorney to discuss your case and to explore your available options. Call 630-232-9700 for a confidential consultation at The Law Offices of Douglas B. Warlick & Associates today.