AceShowbiz - Dixie Chicks star Natalie Maines is urging lawmakers to separate her prenuptial agreement battle with estranged husband Adrian Pasdar from their divorce case, so she can end their marriage.
In new legal papers filed by the "Goodbye Earl" singer, Maines has asked the judge overseeing her divorce to rule on the prenup separately, so she can start carving up shared assets, according to The Blast.
"If the issue of the validity of the Prenuptial Agreement was bifurcated, this would allow an early disposition of most of the dissolution issues regarding property and support," she writes in her declaration, revealing her soon-to-be ex claims the prenup is invalid.
"Respondent claims he did not understand the terms of the Prenuptial Agreement, that he did not understand the legal effect of the Prenuptial Agreement, that the terms of the Prenuptial Agreement are presently unconscionable and that he did not have adequate knowledge of my property and financial obligations when he signed the Prenuptial Agreement. I disagree."
Pasdar is challenging the validity of the prenup the couple signed back in 2000, stating he "does not recall the events related to the drafting and negotiation" of the agreement.
The major sticking point, it seems, is spousal support - the prenup calls for neither side to receive cash, which Pasdar's attorneys call "unconscionable", adding, "Natalie's assets and income are far greater than Adrian's. At present, Adrian lacks the financial resources from which to support himself and their children at a level anywhere near the marital standard."
A hearing has been set for June.