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When people read about celebrity divorces in the news or tabloids, it can be easy to dismiss them as little more than salacious gossip. After all, frequently, these stories are based on speculation and unnamed sources who may have no real connection to the situation.

That said, there may be a few things people can take away from these stories if they are going through a divorce themselves.

  1. Privacy is not guaranteed. Even if you aren’t a famous celebrity, you still may value your privacy. If you are going through a divorce, you can take steps to protect your privacy. You might consider a non-disparagement clause in your divorce agreement or set rules for discussing the divorce online. You can also agree to resolve things confidentially through mediation instead of making details of the divorce part of the public record in litigation.
  2. An amicable split can take a turn for the worse. Even if you start a divorce committed to a peaceful process, which is what celebrities often do, it can become bitter. The actual logistics of divorce are complex and frustrating; they can spark angry disputes and elicit strong emotional responses when matters like child custody come up. However, this doesn’t always mean the case has to go to court. With legal support, parties can get through the toughest parts and still reach amicable solutions.
  3. Protecting children is typically the top priority. You don’t have to be famous to want to shield your kids from unflattering stories or unnecessary pain. In the context of a divorce, this typically means avoiding messy litigation, pursuing shared custody agreements (when doing so is in a child’s best interests) and keeping disputes away from the children.

Divorce can be very difficult on anyone, famous or not. However, strategies including those we mentioned above can make it a little easier to pursue the desired outcome and a happy ending.