There's a financial lesson for everyday folks in the pending Brangelina split: Location matters.
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce this week from Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. In the filing with Los Angeles Superior Court, she sought full physical custody of the couple's six children. Jolie did not request spousal support.
Most divorcing couples won't battle over assets on par with the power couple – Jolie, 41, has an estimated net worth of $140 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, while 52-year-old Pitt is reportedly worth $240 million.
But snowbirds and other couples who (like Brangelina) split time across homes in several states may have a choice in which they claim as their primary residence, and in turn where they file for divorce. Picking one state over another can make a big difference on issues including asset division, alimony and custody, said Joslin Davis, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.