No Joke: Amy Poehler, Will Arnett Getting Divorced

By Andrew Lu on September 07, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Even humor could not save this marriage.

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett announced that they are getting divorced, reports ABC. If any Hollywood couple seemed likely to last, it was this couple.

Poehler and Arnett had been married for nine years and they have two young sons together, ages 3 and 2. The separation is reportedly "amicable" and no specific reasons have been given as to why the marriage is ending.

As Amy Poehler and Will Arnett go through the divorce process, they will be forced to make tough decisions that can take their toll on even the most amicable of divorces. For example, even if money is not a sticking point for the couple, they will have to make personal decisions like who will raise and care for their young children.

Oftentimes, when a celebrity divorces, one of the main issues is who gets the money, and how much. We've seen that with Kelsey Grammer's divorce, Kim Kardashian's divorce, and even Tom Cruise's divorce. However, money may not be such a big issue in the Poehler / Arnett divorce as the two stars have roughly equal star power, so there isn't a huge disparity in earnings like with Camille and Kelsey Grammer or even Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.

Instead, as mentioned above, the bigger issue in Amy Poehler and Will Arnett's divorce is likely going to revolve around child custody. The couple will have to work out which parent will have primary custody, meaning which parent will be responsible for raising, feeding, clothing, and educating the children. The couple will also have to figure out a visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent as well as visitation schedules for other family members like grandparents.

And even if the stars make similar amounts of money, the non-custodial parent will also likely have to pay child support to help raise the children.

While it's not surprising that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are describing their divorce as amicable, it will be interesting to see if it stays that way as the process moves forward, and whether one of the comedians will end up having the last laugh.

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