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Stevie Wonder files for divorce, joint custody

Ohio readers will likely be familiar with the songs made popular by music legend Stevie Wonder in recent decades. Now, the singer is making news with something other than his impressive musical talent, as he has filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years. Once finalized, this dissolution will be the second for the famed singer.

Wonder and his wife separated three years ago and have since worked to decide if they could make their marriage succeed. These efforts are not uncommon in Ohio and elsewhere, especially when a couple has had a long-term relationship and wishes to ensure that divorce is the right decision. Sometimes the time apart can give spouses a chance to consider life after divorce.

Stevie Wonder and his soon-to-be ex-wife have two young children. The singer has requested joint custody of the children as a part of his divorce filing. In addition, it appears that he has agreed to pay spousal and child support, though no details are available as to the length or amount of the payments. Reports do indicate that the estranged spouses appear to be in at least initial agreement on some issues at stake in the divorce.

Like many who consider divorce in our state, Wonder and his wife have taken their time in making the decision to file for divorce. After careful consideration, divorce is a decision that every couple must make individually to meet the needs of their family. Many people who divorce find that they are able lead a happier and healthier life.

Source:, "Stevie Wonder divorce: Legend files for joint custody," Effie Orfanides, Aug. 4, 2012

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