Lessons to Learn from High Profile Divorce Cases

By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.

Divorce mediators Orange County; California Divorce MediatorsAlthough you might not be comfortable with taking relationship advice from hot shot celebs and famous personalities, it goes without saying that they do have a better understanding of how divorce litigation works. Since a majority of celeb divorces involve enormous assets and property, and also several intricate details such as kids from another marriage or extra marital affairs, we have a lot to learn from the way they handle their separations. Let us have a look at some of the lessons that we can learn from high profile divorce cases.

Prepare yourself for a divorce 

If there is one thing that we can learn from Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce is avoiding impulsive decisions and cautiously planning out a strategy before taking the huge plunge. Although the news might have come as a surprise for Tom, Katie had planned out every single detail of her litigation well in advance. She knew what she wanted out of the divorce and consulted professional attorneys to help her achieve her goal. Instead of rushing things, she took her time in deciding New York as the place to file for a divorce, since the family laws in the city were likely to be more favorable for her. So if you are thinking of divorcing your spouse, it is advisable to sleep over it, take your time and do your homework before filing a petition in the court of law. 

Try to reach a mutual agreement 

The recent Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow split brought forth their intention of living apart but continuing to co-parent their children in their best interests. The case reiterates the importance of having amicable discussions with your spouse and obtaining mutual agreements over the various significant aspects of a divorce such as child custody and visitation. It is advisable to keep your disputes aside for a bit and actually focus on the needs and expectations of your kids as more important than your split. 

Sign a prenup 

Signing a prenup with your spouse-to-be is a great way of eliminating the chances of any additional conflicts and disagreements in the event of a divorce. They are designed not only to protect the interests of both parties but also carry out a fair and square division of separate and marital property. There have been several high profile divorce cases such as that of Mel Gibson, wherein a lack of a prenup led one of the spouses to pay millions of dollars as alimony to the other party.

The take away here is, that no matter how eager you might be to start a life away from your spouse, it is always best to use your logic and patience in planning for a divorce.

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