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Learning from Celebrities’ Divorce Mistakes

By Nottage and Ward on June 18, 2012

Celebrity marriages and divorces are in a class all their own. Not only do celebrity marriages and splits occur at a much higher frequency, but they are also much more extravagant. Much more money and much more media attention make celebrity divorces very different from those experienced by average people. But that does not mean we can’t learn a thing or two from the mistakes celebrities make, according to The Huffington Post. When considering marriage, or divorce, avoiding these celebrity mistakes can make things move much more smoothly in your relationship:

Get a pre-nuptial agreement. Mel Gibson allegedly split his $900 million fortune with his ex-wife, Madonna gave $90 million to Guy Ritchie, and Kelsey Grammer reportedly lost $50 million in his split, all because they did not have a pre-nuptial agreement. You may not have millions, but you can still protect your assets by having a prenup. Just because you don’t have millions does not mean you should lose half of everything.

Keep a civil tongue about your ex in public. Kim Kardashian’s very public and ridiculed marriage and divorce have caused quite a stir, partly because she and those in her corner continue to talk about her ex to the media. Nearly one year later, the divorce is still not final. If you talk about your ex to others, you are not helping the divorce process, but making it harder. Keep quiet, at least until the divorce is finalized.

Stick to your child custody agreement. Kim Basinger allegedly tried to keep her daughter’s father and ex, Alec Baldwin, from being part of their child’s life, even though they had a custody arrangement. Such tactics can bring you back to court, which will take time and money, and can lead to a damaged relationship between you and your child.

Don’t get others involved in your own marital issues. Reality shows are death to celebrity relationships. If you always involve others in issues that must be resolved just between you and your spouse, it will make things worse. Also, anything you divulge to others is admissible in court.

The legalities of marriage and divorce can be enough to make anyone’s head spin. If you have questions or concerns about your divorce or any other family law matters, the experienced Illinois divorce lawyers at Nottage and Ward can help. Contact us at (312) 332-2915 for a consultation today.

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