After 34 years of marriage Carlos Santana’s wife Deborah filed for divorce on October 19, 2007 in Marin County Superior Court of California. Ms. Santana citied irreconcilable differences in her Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The parties have three children together, ages 23, 22, and 17. Carlos Santana’s public relations representative stated that the pending divorce was “a private matter and there is no comment.”
While divorce is very common among celebrities the Santanas appeared to have an ideal marriage until Deborah Santana released her candid 2005 memoir, “Space Between the Stars.” In her book she revealed the infidelities of her rock star husband. After her book was released Carlos Santana stated “I’m a human being like everyone else and I have a lot of humility for my mistakes.”
As Deborah Santana filed for divorce in California their divorce will be subject to California’s community property laws In addition in California there are no penalties attached to Carlos Santana’s admission of infidelity so their property must be equally divided. As the parties were married for over ten years it is considered a long-term marriage so the duration of any spousal support owed to Ms. Santana could be quite lengthy. There will also be issues of child custody, visitation and child support relating to their one child who is still a minor. These issues are just as prevalent in divorces between non-celebrities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our team of San Jose Divorce Lawyers work closely with our clients to resolve all matters of property disputes, spousal and child support issues, as well as child custody and visitation matters. We also have offices in Monterey and Fremont.