18/11/2011 13:08 GMT

What We Can Learn From Demi And Ashton's Split And Other A-List Divorces

Hollywood actress Demi Moore has announced that she is divorcing her toy boy husband Ashton Kutcher of six years, following months of infidelity rumours.

The couple sent out not-so-subtle hints of marital trouble on Twitter last month, as rumours emerged that 33-year-old Ashton was playing away from home with women decades younger than his 49-year-old wife.

But with a broken heart and a bruised reputation to repair - not to mention their joint $290 million fortune to divide - what will Demi do next?

"With regard to their estimated $290m fortune - when the couple married, Demi was considerably richer than Ashton as she was the first actress to reach the $10m mark per film and during the 1990s the highest paid actress in Hollywood," says Amanda McAlister, Head of Family Law at Russell Jones & Walker.

"However, she took a career break for several years and has made few films in the past years. At the same time, Ashton has had a successful television and film career, and his now the star of Two and a Half Men with a contract worth an estimated $20m. It is to be hoped they drew up a pre-nup but we know little about this.

"Both parties will be seeking legal advice and since I imagine they will want to keep the proceedings private, are likely to hammer out an agreement between them and avoid a costly, and career-damaging, court battle," predicts Amanda.

Recent findings suggest that the writing was on the wall for Ashton and Demi thanks to their 16-year age gap. The survey by, a dating website for those seeking extra-marital relations, found that as many as 24% of its members had an age gap of 10 years or more.

Demi and Ashton aren't the only high profile couple whose divorce has made the headlines. Take a look at these famous divorces - and find out what we can learn from them.

High Profile Divorces