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Better take the ring off it: Beyonce's parents' divorce is final

The Houston, Texas-based parents of pop diva Beyonce Knowles are officially divorced. Mathew and Tina Knowles' split was made official last month in Texas, where they continue to live. The couple were married for 31 years before the divorce.

Beyonce shot to fame as the leader of Destiny's Child, a group her father managed. He continued to manage her solo career after she left the group. However, Beyonce announced earlier this year that she was replacing her father as her manager.

Being associated with a valuable brand such as Beyonce means that her parents will likely have a detailed settlement in terms of how their property is divided. While Mathew Knowles managed his daughter for many years, helping to launch her career, Tina Knowles founded a fashion line, House of Dereon, with Beyonce.

Mathew and Tina Knowles, whose other child is Solange Knowles, also a performer, initially filed for divorce in Texas in late 2009. However, the petition was dropped when neither of them showed up for their court hearing in early 2010. Tina Knowles then re-filed the divorce papers in August of this year.

The initial divorce filing in 2009 was triggered when Mathew Knowles was sued in a paternity case by a woman who claimed she was having an affair. The child was eventually proven to have been fathered by Mathew Knowles. Beyonce is now pregnant with what will be Mathew and Tina Knowles' second grandchild.

While the cases of famous people attract a lot of attention, many couples who are not in the limelight deal with divorce every day. An experienced, qualified attorney can guide people going through a divorce to help make sure their assets are divided fairly and that their rights are protected.

Source: My Fox Houston, "Beyonce Knowles' Parents Finalize Divorce," Dec. 19, 2011

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