Nowadays, very few people are surprised when they hear of another divorced celebrity couple. Not only is divorce common among celebrity marriages, but often the split is messy. Since celebrities have such a large following, the public is often very familiar with their chaotic, bitter, and emotional divorces.
As ordinary people, we often view celebrities on a different level from ourselves. Despite how different their lives may be from our own, when it comes to divorce, they are still two people who previously pledged themselves to each other. Therefore, we can still learn from their experiences about the problems that lead to divorce, and some of the best and worst ways to handle it.
Mr. David Badanes Esq. of Badanes Law Office on Long Island shared his thoughts on some celebrity divorce horror stories and what we can learn from them.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: The famous couple, known as Brangelina, were together for 10 years and married for two before they filed for divorce. With six children and assets worth millions of dollars at stake, their divorce proceedings are still going on, despite the filing occurring in 2016. Angelina and Brad have been to court many times, mainly fighting over custody of the children. At times Angelina was granted full custody, but the most recent settlement is a temporary ruling saying they will share custody. However, this ruling is still being contested and their divorce has been a nightmare for everyone involved.
Brangelina’s situation demonstrates how long divorce can take to finalize. Depending on the cooperation of the parties and the number of things being contested in a divorce, the court battle can go on for years. This is not an ideal situation for anyone involved, so instead of dragging on the divorce battle, the best thing to do is to find a compromise that prioritizes the needs of the children. Brad and Angelina have not been able to reach a compromise, which is why their divorce has endured for so long. If you believe you will not be able to reach a compromise with your ex-spouse, be prepared to pay quite a few visits back to court.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: This divorce is fairly recent— Kim filed for divorce in February 2021 after many months of conflict with ex-husband Kanye West. The end of their marriage was plagued by mental health issues, religious differences, physically residing in different states, and a conflict-ridden Presidential campaign. Their marriage was under immense stress, and eventually, they realized their problems were irreconcilable. Since their divorce, they have focused on co-parenting their four children together, and have even shown publicly they are on good terms.
Kim and Kanye’s situation clearly shows that divorce can occur when lifestyles, beliefs, and priorities become too divided between a couple. Kim and Kanye publicly had issues for a long time, especially the last year of their marriage. Irreconcilable differences are an extremely common reason for divorce and while the events leading up to Kim and Kanye’s split were extremely dramatic and messy, after they decided to divorce, their focus shifted to their children. When there is no hope for reconciliation between two people, the best thing to do is to put your differences behind you and focus on your kids.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver: After being married for 25 years, and having 4 children together, Maria Shriver filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger. The divorce quickly became a scandal when it was revealed Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a household staff member over 10 years earlier. After the scandal broke, Schwarzenegger took responsibility for his actions, and it seemed like the couple would divorce on good terms. Despite this, the divorce still drags on 10 years later.
Even if there is remorse or responsibility taken in divorce, the legal proceedings do not necessarily go smoothly. Schwarzenegger and Shriver seemingly had a stable relationship following the initial split, yet their divorce is taking over a decade to finalize. Divorce is complicated and unpredictable; even when two parties seem cordial with one another, the legal side can still take a long time and be filled with conflict.
Celebrities have very different lives from most of us, but during cases of divorce, the basic reasons and conflicts they face are often relatable. The longevity of the divorce process, conflicts between personal relationships and legal proceedings, and contributing factors to divorce, such as cheating, mental health, religious disagreements, and irreconcilable differences are all common aspects of divorce. Since celebrity breakups get a lot of attention and coverage, we can use their stories as examples to learn what to do, and what not to do, during a divorce.
David Badanes, Esq. and the Badanes Law Office, P.C. provides real-world advice to help you through this challenging time. If you are contemplating getting a divorce, and need an attorney to represent you, call David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office today at 631-239-1702, email at email@example.com or visit our web site: www.dbnylaw.com. The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport, Suffolk County and Uniondale, Nassau County.