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NASCAR Driver Danica Patrick Divorces Husband of 7 Years

Life in the fast lane has apparently taken its toll on Danica Patrick's marriage.

On Tuesday, the NASCAR driver announced that she and her husband Paul Hospenthal are divorcing after seven years of marriage, The Washington Post reports.

Depending on whether there was a prenup, Hospenthal could walk away with a chunk of Patrick's winnings and endorsement money.

The couple met when Hospenthal, a physical therapist, was treating Patrick for a yoga injury. They tied the knot back in 2005.

"This isn't easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this," Patrick said on her Facebook page. Hospenthal "has been an important person and friend in my life and that's how we will remain moving forward."

No word yet on whether Hospenthal is requesting spousal support. Not all spouses are entitled to support after a divorce. Instead, spousal support is meant to be "rehabilitative," meaning it should only be ordered when it's necessary for the spouse to receive training and become self-supporting.

If the ex-spouse already has a career or some means of supporting himself, spousal support may not be necessary. Hospenthal has his physical therapy career to fall back on, so spousal support probably isn't in order.

While spousal support may not be necessary, Hospenthal could get a sizeable chunk of the couple's marital property depending on the state where they file for divorce. If they pursue divorce in a community property state, for instance, the marital property will be split 50/50. That is, unless there was a prenup.

Georgia, on the other hand, isn't a community property state. Instead, courts here practice equitable distribution in divorce cases. In dividing marital property, judges will consider the amount each spouse contributed to the asset, how much each spouse will earn after the divorce, how long the marriage lasted, and any accusations of abuse or infidelity.

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