Every week the tabloids are filled with stories about which celebrities
divorced. Or perhaps there is a story about which celebrity is not being allowed
to see the children or how much money the ex will be receiving.
So once you get past the hype and sensationalism of this "news"
and the fact that the papers publish the sordid details are there are
any other differences between celebrity divorces and "regular" divorces?
One huge difference is that celebrities often have far greater ability
to pay big legal fees to their attorneys. The retainer that they pay will
be substantially higher and so will the total of their legal fees. The
attorneys know that their clients expect instant gratification, want to
be told "yes" to their questions and if the answer is "no"
they want to litigate until the other side gives in either emotionally
or financially. There is no question in all types of legal matters that
having a big war chest is an advantage. Of course, if you are an "ax
murderer" it may not matter how much money you have.
On the other hand, celebrity divorces still have the same basic issues
as all other divorces: will there be
joint custody or sole custody, what is the parenting schedule, how much
child support must be paid, will there be
spousal support and for how long and how much, how will
marital assets be divided and is there an obligation to contribute to the other side's
At the end of the day, we all know that celebrities are regular people
with more recognition and/or money. They still face the same problems
as everyone else.