Talking Point: Are death bed divorces pointless?

18 January 2010

Dennis Hopper

Ok, we know lawyers are trained to be cut-throat, but we defy even the likes of Sorrell Trope to argue with a man on his death bed… So we suspect Dennis Hopper who, though given only months to live, filed for divorce last week, probably won’t face too much red tape.

Friends and family of the Easy Rider star are apparently keeping vigil by his bedside. But his fifth wife Victoria Duffy won’t be joining them – according to court papers filed just last Tuesday the couple have split due to ‘irreconcilable differences.’ Now Dennis is going the whole hog and pushing for a quickie divorce.
This means Victoria, who signed a pre-nup before they married, will get a fraction of the fortune she would otherwise be due – amassed from over 150 films Dennis wrote, produced and starred in during his career.
Dennis will however still pay maintenance to their six-year-old daughter Galen, who he has also requested joint legal and physical custody of – a decision some insiders have called absurd, as he is reportedly facing his ‘final days’.  
 ‘It’s truly a tragedy,’ said an insider, ‘Sadly it's all about the money and who inherits what. This is about getting Victoria out of the will, nothing more, nothing less.’
A second source called him ‘mentally incapacitated’ blaming the painkillers he is taking.
However, with a record number of UK couples filing for divorce on ‘D-day’ this year, we expect there are many who can understand his actions. Doesn’t anyone have a right to a clean break? Or do you think death bed divorce – like the British couple, married for 36 years, who filed for divorce at the age of 92 – are pointless? Tell us what you think…

By Amy Molloy


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