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Electronic Discovery Upsets Status Quo: Why Marital Mischief is Getting Harder to Hide

By Nottage and Ward on May 21, 2012

Technological advancements have made, and continue to make, many changes in our society on both personal and professional levels. One aspect of society that is being made more difficult by such advancements is secrecy. It is becoming harder and harder for people to keep secrets and none feel this more than dishonest spouses. It used to be much easier for spouses to hide assets and relationships back when your husband or wife could not track your phone and Internet activity; now, electronic discovery is changing the balance of the scales.

Understanding how electronic discovery is changing the family law system is an important factor in the success of a divorce in Illinois and across the nation. In this three-part blog series, the experienced Chicago divorce attorneys at Nottage and Ward will make some key points about how electronic discovery has changed the divorce process.

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Will Smith and Wife Jada Pinkett Smith Calling it Quits?

By Nottage and Ward on January 18, 2012

Celebrity marriages have to overcome many obstacles to succeed, the most obvious of which is the constant gauntlet of media attention and rumors. For many couples, the stress of it all takes its toll on the marriage. When celebrity marriages add celebrity children to the mix, it can create even more stress, as has reportedly occurred in Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s relationship, according to an article in TMZ.

Separation rumors began circling around the celebrity couple in the summer of 2011 due to tension in the marriage. This tension was allegedly the result of conflicting opinions about how to handle their children’s careers/fame. Their two children, Jaden and Willow Smith, are already household names as the result of successful acting and music careers. Reportedly, Will Smith was all for pushing their kids into all-out stardom while his wife wanted things to move more gradually. The couple, who denied separation/divorce rumors supposedly moved past this rough patch and was back to normal by the end of 2011.

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Mel Gibson Now Officially Divorced from Robyn Moore

By Nottage and Ward on January 2, 2012

In 2009, Robyn Gibson filed for divorce from her actor husband Mel Gibson, and as of December 23, their divorce is final, according to TMZ. Robyn Gibson, who has gone back to her maiden name, Robyn Moore, filed for divorce soon after the discovery that Mel Gibson’s then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva was pregnant.

According to The Huffington Post, Gibson and Moore separated in 2008 after 28 years of marriage. They have seven children together. Overall, the couple’s divorce had been relatively amicable, and Moore even defended Gibson when Grigorieva accused him of abuse during their contentious custody battle, which only came to a close in April of this year.

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Sex and the City Author Candace Bushnell Files for Divorce from Dancer Charles Askegard

By Nottage and Ward on December 12, 2011

The question of whether life imitates art has been on everyone’s minds as Candace Bushnell, creator of Sex and the City, and her New York City Ballet dancer husband, Charles Askegard, call it quits after nine years of marriage. According to The New York Post, the independent author behind Sex and the City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw filed for divorce on December 2, months after her husband’s decision to leave the New York City Ballet to form his own dance company.

A friend close to couple told the New York Post that the divorce was a long-time coming as the pair had been living increasingly separate lives. Bushnell spent most of her time at her country house in Connecticut while Askegard spent almost all of his time in the city pursuing his career, which she fully supported. It is a sad and painful time for both Bushnell and Askegard, but both also acknowledge that they have been growing apart.

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Demi Moore Files for Divorce from Ashton Kutcher

By Nottage and Ward on November 22, 2011

On November 17, actress Demi Moore announced that she is filing for divorce from her husband of six years, actor Ashton Kutcher, according to The Huffington Post. Moore, who is about 16 years older than Kutcher, told the Associated Press that she decided to end her marriage to Kutcher “with great sadness and a heavy heart.”

In September, rumors about marital troubles began when Kutcher was allegedly caught cheating on a trip to San Diego. Kutcher denied the rumors. However, after his alleged mistress stepped forward, it fueled the media fire. Moore and Kutcher apparently tried to work through the issues in their marriage, but Moore eventually made the decision to divorce. Moving vans were seen outside the couple’s house in October, supporting rumors that the pair was in fact splitting. Camping and Kabbalah counseling did not bring reconciliation, and, unfortunately, neither did spending time at Bruce Willis’ vacation home on Turks and Caicos early this month. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were married for 10 years and have three children. They remain good friends.

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Study Finds Female GIs Have a Higher Rate of Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on March 30, 2011

MSNBC recently reported on a study which found that the marriages of military women are twice as likely to end in divorce as compared to the marriages of men in the military, and up to three times as likely for enlisted women versus commissioned officers. The percentage of women in the military who get divorced has been consistently high for close to a decade.

Approximately 220,000 women have served in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, in roles that range from police officers to helicopter pilots. According to Pentagon data, about 7.8 percent of military women obtained a divorce, in comparison to just 3 percent of men in the military in 2010. Close to 9 percent of women who were part of the military’s enlisted corps divorced that year as well, compared to a little over 3 percent of the men.

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