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A Divorce with No Name

By Nottage and Ward on July 31, 2018

What do former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Fox News television host Bill O’Reilly, actor Richard Gere, reality television star Bethenny Frankel, and a slew of millionaire celebrities all have in common?

They were each personally involved in what is called an anonymous divorce.

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NBA Lakers Star Steve Nash Battles Ex-Wife in Court

By Leslie Fineberg on June 7, 2013

Current member of the Los Angeles Lakers and former star of the Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash divorced Alejandra Amarilla Menrath in the latter part of 2011. As reported by The Arizona Republic and published by The Sacramento Bee, the settlement does not include child support. Nash and his ex-wife are the parents of twin daughters and a young son.

Family law attorneys like those at the Chicago firm of Nottage and Ward understand that negotiation and litigation of custody and financial issues can be complex, whether their clients are famous, or have simply worked hard to build a business or train for a career so their children can be well provided for.

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Is Marriage Any Easier after 20 Years? Actress Jane Seymour and Husband James Keach Confirm Separation, Negotiate Terms of Divorce

By Leslie Fineberg on April 29, 2013

Actress Jane Seymour’s representative has told USA TODAY in a prepared statement that she and her husband of 20 years have been separated for several months and are negotiating the terms of their divorce.

According to the statement, the couple will continue to be devoted, loving parents to their children and will continue as business associates.  Both intend to remain dedicated to the charitable causes they have supported.

Married in 1993, Seymour and Keach are the parents of twin sons, Kristopher and John, age 17.

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Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti Ending Marriage

By Nottage and Ward on February 13, 2013

Actress Ashley Judd and three-time Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti are ending their marriage of more than eleven years. According to a January 29, 2013, statement issued by the couple and published on People.com, although they have made the mutual decision to end the marriage, they plan to continue to remain family, cherishing their relationship based on respect, integrity, and the special love that they have enjoyed.

The marriage between Franchitti and Judd began with a private ceremony in Scotland in 2001. A spokeswoman for Ashley Judd confirmed the People magazine report.

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Ashton Kutcher Files for Divorce after 1 Year Separation from Demi Moore

By Nottage and Ward on January 4, 2013

It has been 13 months since actress Demi Moore announced filing for divorce from actor Ashton Kutcher, but she never actually took the step to officially file. On December 21, 2012, Ashton Kutcher took that step and filed for divorce from Demi Moore, citing irreconcilable differences in the court documents, according to TMZ.

The original move to divorce was allegedly the result of accusations of infidelity involving Kutcher and a younger woman. Kutcher’s filing for divorce so late was due to his waiting for Moore to initiate the divorce process, but when she didn’t, Kutcher, who is currently dating actress Mila Kunis, decided it was time. There was speculation that the delay in filing was the result of fighting over money or even because they were never really married, both of which are apparently false.

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Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito Separating, Headed towards Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on November 28, 2012

Celebrity divorces always draw media attention, but even more so when it involves a couple that has been together as long as Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman have. According to The Huffington Post, “gray divorce” is on the rise and celebrities are no exception.

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, 67- and 64-years-old respectively, had been married for 30 years before they decided to go their separate ways. They officially announced their separation in October and while DeVito’s “wandering eye” has been claimed as the reason for the split, a representative for DeVito claims that that is false.

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Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer Separate after Nine Years of Marriage

By Nottage and Ward on October 26, 2012

Actor Russell Crowe and his wife, Australian singer Danielle Spencer, have separated after nine years of marriage, according to The Huffington Post. The couple, who had first met 22 years ago on the set of The Crossing, had married in April 2003 in South Wales and have two sons, Tennyson and Charles.

Crowe’s busy work schedule, which has kept him away from his family for the better part of this year, is reportedly one of the reasons for the couple’s split. He has six movies coming out in the next 12 months, including the biblical epic Noah, which he is currently working on. The split is reportedly amicable and the pair remain focused on raising their two sons, who live with their mother in Sydney.

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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Divorce Settlement Made Public

By Nottage and Ward on September 14, 2012

The Holmes-Cruise divorce did not just make headlines because of the couple’s celebrity status, but because their divorce was settled within a matter of weeks instead of the months and even years that other celebrity divorces can take. The terms of the couple’s divorce agreement was private at the time, but has now been released to the public, according to The Huffington Post.

Divorce documents show that Katie Holmes will receive child support, no spousal support, and practically nothing of Tom Cruise’s $250 million fortune, as was determined by their prenuptial agreement. Cruise will pay Holmes $4.8 million over the course of the next 12 years as child support, until their daughter, Suri, turns 18. That amounts to $400,000 per year. Cruise is also responsible for any health, dental, education, or other expenses for Suri. The divorce settlement prohibits Suri from attending any type of boarding school.

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Have Divorce Rumors Started for Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner?

By Nottage and Ward on July 30, 2012

Divorce rumors tend to start swirling around celebrity couples at even the subtlest hint of marital discord, but that doesn’t mean they are never true, especially when you consider the track record of reality show couples. According to The Huffington Post, Kris Kardashian may be hinting at a future divorce from husband of 21 years, Bruce Jenner.

A recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians had Kardashian spying on Jenner as he was golfing with model Angie Everhart, whom he also wrapped his arm around. On the show, a shocked Kardashian tells friends that she feels like there is another chapter for her and contrives a plan to get even, which involves arranging a reunion with the man she had an affair with while married to Robert Kardashian. It is much too early to tell whether these are just rumors spun for a more interesting reality show or whether there is in fact substance to them. It wouldn’t be the first marriage to succumb to the reality show curse if divorce is actually on the horizon. All of the following celebrity couples divorced after having their lives chronicled in a reality TV show:

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Family Lawyer Eunice Ward Provides Commentary on Fox News Chicago about Holmes-Cruise Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on July 18, 2012

What do you usually get when two celebrities divorce? A long, hostile court battle complete with media frenzy. But that was not the case when Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise. Within a matter of weeks, the divorce was finalized. So what did they do that other celebrity couples aren’t doing? Experienced Illinois divorce attorney, Eunice Ward, has the answer.

Attorney Eunice Ward appeared on Fox News Chicago recently to provide insightful commentary on why this celebrity divorce was so different. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were both aware of what a divorce war could do to their lives and the life of their daughter, Suri, but more importantly, Katie Holmes was serious and prepared. She made the decision to divorce and took every step necessary to show her husband that she was not only serious about getting a divorce, but determined exactly what she wants in terms of a divorce settlement. Fortunately, Cruise does not appear to have presented any challenge to Holmes’ requests, which made the process that much smoother.

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