Zooey Deschanel to divorce Ben Gibbard

Date: Jan 09, 2012

Hollywood star Zooey Deschanel has reportedly filed for divorce from musician husband Ben Gibbard, citing "irreconcilable differences".

The papers delivered by her lawyers to the Los Angeles County Superior Court on December 27 2011 indicate that the TV star separated from her other half on October 31 in the same year.

Deschanel's publicist told reporters that the decision to end the relationship was "amicable" and represented the wishes of both parties.

However, there has been no official word on whether or not the celebrity pair had a prenuptial agreement in place before they were married.

If the couple does not have this legal document in place, under Californian law they could be set to divide their assets evenly.

With couples like this, the dollar amount to be distributed can be substantial - 35-year-old Gibbard is the frontman of well-known indie bands Death Cab For Cutie and Postal Service, while Deschanel has previously been involved in movies such as Elf and (500) Days Of Summer.

She is also a talented singer, releasing a viral clip on YouTube titled What Are You Doing New Year's Eve that showcases her musical talents with fellow actor and musician Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

According to the divorce papers filed with the courts, Deschanel is worth over $3 million in stocks, bonds, real estate and savings - and with the 31-year-old actress' starring in the lead role on the hit TV show New Girl, this could be set to increase as time goes on.

However, the proceedings will not involve any legal dispute of child custody, as the pair did not have children together, nor did they enter the relationship with any dependents.

While they are able to apply for a divorce after only three months of separation by citing "irreconcilable differences", the laws in Australia require a different measure.

For a couple to successfully obtain a divorce in this country, they need to show that their relationship has "irreparably" broken down.

To prove this, the court needs to see that the pair has been separated for a period of not less than 12 consecutive months.

In some cases, it can be possible to show that this has occurred even when living under the same roof - although the means of doing so may require the assistance of a family lawyer.

For Deschanel and Gibbard, the Los Angeles courts have yet to approve the legal separation and the pair has yet to enter a property settlement.