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What Can We Learn from Ugly Celebrity Divorce Cases?

By Sheryl Rentz on July 8, 2017

placing a wedding ring on finger

Marriage is a beautiful thing—what’s not to love about love? It’s a sacred vow…but sometimes marriage doesn’t end beautifully. Divorce isn’t all that uncommon. It can be a major pain in many ways, emotionally, financially, etc. Unfortunately, it can get really ugly, really fast.

That’s why celebrity divorce stories are so interesting. Even with more extravagant lives, celebrities face the same legal troubles that we do. Read the rest »

Television Star Files for Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on October 2, 2015

Anthony Anderson is a 45-year-old actor best known for his television roles on Treme, The Shield and Black-ish. According to a news report in the NY Daily News, Anderson’s wife has officially filed for divorce. They have been married since 1999 and have two children, but have been separated for some time. It is unclear from the report what may have led to the divorce, or if the television star is preparing for a drawn-out and painful custody negotiation process. Read the rest »

Jeremy Renner Embroiled in Complicated Divorce Proceedings

By Sheryl Rentz on March 30, 2015

actor Jeremy Renner in a suit

High profile divorce cases often become contentious when it becomes time to negotiate finances and child custody. Actor Jeremy Renner, perhaps best known as Hawkeye in “The Avengers,” is currently in a battle with his estranged wife. According to a People news article, a friend of Renner is claiming his estranged wife from Canada only married him for a green card. There are even rumors and allegations of negligent parenting. His wife of 11 months has denied the allegations and is pursuing full custody as well as child support from Renner. Read the rest »

Husband of TV Star Seeks Money During Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on July 1, 2014

Zoe McLellan, star of the show NCIS: New Orleans is in the midst of a difficult divorce from her husband. According to a TMZ news report, her husband, actor J.P. Gillain, is seeking joint custody. The actress allegedly believes that her husband is only seeking custody as a ploy to get child support now that she is successful. The court documents reveal that she will earn $45,000 per episode. A representative for the actress states that her husband has “never been a hands-on dad.” Read the rest »

Katie Holmes Files for Divorce from Tom Cruise, May Receive Little Money from Settlement

By Sheryl Rentz on July 6, 2012

In a surprise move that left mega movie star Tom Cruise “blindsided and devastated,” Katie Holmes filed for divorce from her husband of five years. According to an report, Holmes noted in the divorce filing that her relationship with Cruise had been “irretrievably” broken for more than six months, and the actress is looking to keep divorce proceedings in New York where she and Cruise had been living for the last two years. Holmes has already hired a divorce attorney and may be gearing up for a custody battle over the couple’s six-year-old daughter Suri, though her attorney states her client’s only action currently is for divorce.

The question major news outlets have now been asking is how much Holmes seeks to gain from the divorce. Several media outlets reported that the famous couple had a prenuptial agreement that entitles Holmes to $3 million for every year of marriage; however, reports indicate that this is false and the prenup signed in 2006 essentially cuts her out of a majority of Cruise’s fortune. Holmes has the option of challenging the prenuptial agreement, which can be common when a divorcing couple is in conflict, but sources close to the actress say she’s not about the money as she makes “plenty on her own” and loves to work. Read the rest »

Russell Brand Files for Divorce from Pop Singer Katy Perry

By Sheryl Rentz on January 5, 2012

Though rumors have been circulating for months that the marriage of Katy Perry and Russell Brand has been rocky, most were still surprised when Brand officially filed for divorce from the 27-year-old pop star after 14 months of marriage on December 30. The divorce papers filed by Brand’s lawyers at Los Angeles Superior Court cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split, according to ABC News. The first public signs of difficulty in the relationship came around Christmas when the two were spotted thousands of miles apart; Brand was with family in Britain and Perry was spotted in Hawaii.

Brand released a statement Friday announcing the divorce and says this about his soon-to-be-ex-wife: “I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.” Read the rest »

Actress Demi Moore Announces Plans to File for Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on November 23, 2011

Last week, Demi Moore announced her intention to file for divorce from actor Ashton Kutcher, who is about 16 years younger than Moore, according to The Huffington Post. They were married for six years. Moore told the Associated Press that her decision to divorce was made “with great sadness and a heavy heart.”

Rumors over marital troubles started in September when Kutcher allegedly cheated on Moore during a trip to San Diego. He denied the allegations, but, after “the other woman” came forward, it became a full scandal. Kutcher and Moore tried to work out their marital problems, but without success. In October, moving vans were seen outside the couple’s house supporting divorce rumors. Kabbalah counseling and camping did not help the couple reconcile, and neither did spending time at Bruce Willis’ Turks and Caicos vacation home earlier this month. Read the rest »

Kim Kardashian Files for Divorce after 72 Days of Marriage

By Sheryl Rentz on November 7, 2011

NBA star, Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian tied the knot in August, but Kardashian apparently changed her mind two and a half months later. Kim Kardashian filed for divorce a mere 72 days after her marriage to Humphries citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to The Huffington Post.

In the divorce documents, Kardashian asked the court to deny any request for spousal support from Humphries, as well as asking that they each cover their own legal fees. The couple had a pre-marital agreement, which stipulates what is to be done with their assets. Kardashian keeps all of her pre-marriage assets and anything she earned during the marriage. Last year, the Kardashians made $65 million, while Humphries, now unemployed due to the NBA lockout, made $3.2 million. Read the rest »

McCourts Finally Agree on Divorce Settlement

By Sheryl Rentz on October 19, 2011

The contentious divorce between Frank and Jamie McCourt, and the subsequent fate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been widely publicized. Earlier this year, a post-nuptial agreement which stipulated that Frank McCourt gets sole ownership of the Dodgers in the event of a divorce was invalidated in court, extending the divorce battle. But now, with the impending Dodgers bankruptcy decision and approximately two years after they announced their separation, the McCourts have come to an agreement on the terms of their divorce after their initial settlement was nullified in June.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Jamie McCourt, who initially fought for half ownership of the Dodgers, agreed to turn the bankrupt team over solely to her ex-husband on the condition that she receive a settlement of approximately $130 million by next spring. If Frank McCourt has not paid Jamie the settlement by then, and is still in ownership of the team, he must sell the team to pay his ex-wife. Whether he stays in ownership remains to be seen, however. Read the rest »

Actor Matt Roth Files for Divorce from Former Roseanne Star Wife Laurie Metcalf

By Sheryl Rentz on September 26, 2011

Laurie Metcalf, who played Roseanne’s sister Jackie Harris in the popular TV series Roseanne and most recently played the character of Sheldon’s mother on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, is divorcing Mike Roth, her actor husband of six and a half years, according to People magazine. The couple had met on the set of Roseanne where Roth played the abusive younger boyfriend of Laurie Metcalf’s character. Read the rest »

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