Just two days after Eva Longoria filed for divorce from husband Tony Parker, he responded with a divorce filing of his own. Although he has not publicly stated the reasons behind the double filing, legal experts are theorizing that, as in so many things, the Longoria-Parker divorce is all about location, location, location.

Longoria filed for divorce in California last week after rumors of alleged infidelity and jealousy (none of which have been proven remotely true) on the part of her husband. The pair, who married in July of 2007, are both highly successful in their own right. Longoria is an actress who is most known for her role on "Desperate Housewives", and Parker is a basketball player with the San Antonio Spurs. It is reported that the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement before they married.

When Parker filed for divorce two days after his estranged wife, he did so in his home state of Texas. This is most likely because of the significant difference between the laws in Texas and California. In the former, an uncontested divorce can be completely over and done with in as little as 60 days, while in the latter, it takes more time.

In addition, there is no allowance for alimony in Texas. The state does allow for maintenance in the case of marriages lasting longer than 10 years, but the amounts granted under this law are likely to be much less than in a California divorce, in which spousal support is at the discretion of the court. In determining spousal support in California, a judge will examine several factors, including each party's ability to earn a substantial income after the divorce, the length of the marriage, and each party's need in light of the standard of living established during the marriage.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Tony Parker files for divorce from Eva Longoria, Texas-style", 22 November 2010