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'New Girl' Zooey Deschanel Finalizes Divorce From Ben Gibbard

Zooey Deschanel, star of Fox's "New Girl," is about to start her new life. After three years of marriage, Deschanel and her musician husband Ben Gibbard are throwing in the towel, TMZ reports.

Deschanel originally filed for divorce nearly a year ago, citing the classic "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. Just last week, a judge signed off on the divorce decree, finalizing the break up.

Celebrity divorces can get pretty messy, but Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard's was probably about as stress-free as a divorce can get. First off, the couple didn't have any children together, so there was no need to get into a lengthy court battle over custody and child support issues.

Next, both Deschanel and Gibbard waived their rights to spousal support. Spousal support isn't always necessary after a divorce. That's because spousal support is usually 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. Both Deschanel and Gibbard have successful careers in the entertainment business to support themselves with. Deschanel has starred in hit movies like "500 Days of Summer" and "Elf," and Gibbard is a singer for the indie pop band Death Cab for Cutie.

While spousal support wasn't at issue, the division of property may have been. California, where the couple likely divorced, is a community property state, meaning marital property is generally split 50/50 in divorce. Unless there was a prenup, marital property includes almost anything the couple earned during their marriage.

Had the couple divorced in Georgia, on the other hand, the results would probably be different. Georgia courts practice equitable distribution in divorce cases. When dividing marital property, judges often look at how much each spouse will earn after the divorce, how long the marriage lasted, how much each spouse contributed to the assets, and any accusations of abuse or infidelity.

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