Things to learn from celebrity divorces

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2016 | Divorce

Most lawyers in Minnesota will tell their clients to disregard unsolicited divorce advice from their friends and family members. Every divorce is unique, as people tend to have their own family law issues and needs. There are certain things that can be learned from a few celebrity divorces, however, as some situations will apply to others.

A good example for people who are close to reaching their 10-year anniversaries is the divorce of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, The lesson from their divorce is that they waited to file until the had passed their 10-year anniversary by one day. While they most likely did so because of a prenuptial agreement, reaching a 10-year milestone is important for those who may want to have future eligibility for spousal benefits based on their higher-earning spouse’s Social Security earnings history.

Intellectual property held by one party may also be subject to division, as demonstrated by the split between Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. This is an important consideration for many people. Other marital property, including the marital home, will be divided as well. While Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy waged their divorce battle while both remained living in their New York apartment, the apartment would have been considered a marital asset anyway, regardless if one of them had moved out or not.

The end of a marriage can feel overwhelming, leading to significant emotional stress. It is important for people who are divorcing to step back and view their situation and issues logically so they can better protect their own interests. A family law attorney may provide that bridge through which the situation can be viewed dispassionately. In this way, a person may be able to negotiate an agreement rather than engaging in protracted divorce litigation.