Liam Hemsworth files for divorce from Miley Cyrus

With the warp speed at which celebrity romances begin in whirlwind courtships that lead to spontaneous marriages, it's no surprise that some will eventually crash and burn in short order.

Such appears to be the case between Miley Cyrus and husband Liam Hemsworth. While the two enjoyed a longer courtship than many of their celebrity counterparts, the duo had been married for far less than a year when they officially announced their separation not quite eight months into their fledging marriage.

Who pulled the plug?

Hemsworth was the one to actually file the petition for divorce 11 days after their separation was announced. The 29-year-old actor who starred in The Hunger Games listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason they were divorcing.

US magazine reports, however, that Cyrus, 26, had already distanced herself from the relationship and that the couple had been apart "for months." Yet, another anonymous source commented that Cyrus "wanted to make her relationship with Liam work more than anything."

Singer's sexuality may have had role in split

Cyrus has been very clear over the years that her sexuality is fluid and that she identifies as "pansexual." In an interview with Vanity Fair, Cyrus discussed the challenges she faced for being queer but in a heterosexual union.

She said, "We're redefining . . . what it looks like for someone that's a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person."

Understandably, that could definitely complicate a marriage. In fact, it appears as though Cyrus may have already moved on, as paparazzi snapped her in Italy canoodling with with Brody Jenner's soon-to-be ex-wife, Kaitlynn Carter.

Get your ducks in line before filing

Regardless of your reasons for dissatisfaction about your marriage, it's unwise to take any action like stepping out with a new love interest until you have legally ended your union.

At the least, seek the advice and guidance of a Southern California family law attorney before you take any action to end your marriage. Realize, too, that your actions during the divorce process can potentially affect the custody of any children the two of you may share or the property settlement. It's always wise to err on the side of caution in these delicate situations.

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