Winehouse Debate Highlights Asset Allocation Difficulties

If you follow the news, you’ve probably heard about Amy Winehouse’s divorce, and the fact that her soon-to-be-ex-husband is requesting $10 million in a divorce settlement. Why? Because he claims that he’s the inspiration behind one of her albums, and is entitled to income from that album and a big chunk of her assets.

This highlights an interesting issue. Blake, the ex-husband, is claiming a chunk of Amy’s assets because he was her muse. He’s not the first person to claim compensation for being a muse, although this is a legal area in which plaintiffs are not often awarded anything. Artists are generally protected when it comes to their sources of inspiration claiming a share of the profits, so this case is interesting from a legal precedent standpoint. If the judge were to award anything to Blake, he’d be setting an unfortunate legal precedent or anyone who has ever been the inspiration for a work of art.

This also highlights the asset allocation difficulties that can come up during a divorce. Blake didn’t write the music or perform, but he argues that he is the reason that Amy wrote the music, and therefore is entitled to a portion of the proceeds. Honestly, it can be difficult to divvy up some marriage assets and income, so it’s not an uncommon problem for divorce lawyers to encounter.

Ultimately, the resolution of the Winehouse-Blake case will be interesting from a legal precedent standpoint. It’s the first time that the question of a Muse has come up from the perspective of a divorce settlement. From an income and shared asset standpoint, Blake might be entitled to some monetary compensation as part of the divorce settlement. However, if he gets that compensation, the terms in which he has couched his demand would theoretically apply to Muse cases, too, so it could set up dangerous legal precedent for other artists and Muses down the road.

See how complicated divorce cases can get? If you’ve got any income or assets to protect in your divorce, hire a knowledgeable attorney, or you could find your spouse trying to claim a big chunk of your profit and assets.