When you go to a New York theater to see a movie or binge-watch your favorite shows on Netflix, you probably find yourself daydreaming about celebrity lifestyles. You might wonder what you’d do if you made millions of dollars for a single movie project. In some cases, such as when a celebrity files for divorce, the money becomes an issue of contention, especially if there are children involved.
For the most part, your everyday life might seem worlds away from the lifestyle of a celebrity. In a divorce, however, you and your favorite stars might have more in common than you think. In fact, you might be able to relate to specific challenges that many Hollywood celebs have encountered in divorce.
Divorce battles still raging for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
If your ex has anger issues or a substance abuse problem, you might relate to the ongoing court battle that Hollywood icon Johnny Depp and his former wife, Amber Heard, have been dealing with since 2017, when they finalized their divorce. Heard has repeatedly told the court that Depp has threatened to kill her.
Depp has flatly denied Heard’s allegations of abuse and says he will never stop fighting until the truth comes out. He has also accused his ex of being abusive during their marriage. If you request sole custody in a divorce because of domestic violence, you must be prepared to substantiate your claim by providing evidence in court.
Mike Caussin sought treatment to stop having extra marital affairs
Country music singer and actress Jana Kramer had an on-again-off-again relationship with her former spouse, Mike Caussin, who played as a tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars and several other professional football teams. If adultery was a primary issue that has led to your decision to file for a divorce, you might relate to this former couple’s experiences.
Caussin reportedly had multiple affairs during his marriage to Kramer, so many times, in fact, that he entered “sex treatment.” In 2021, however, after breaking up and reuniting in the past, the couple finalized a divorce when adultery again became an issue in their marriage.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes disagreed on child custody issues regarding faith
If you and your ex are in litigation regarding child custody issues, matters of legal custody may come into play. Legal custody refers to the authority to make decisions on behalf of a child. When Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes filed for divorce, they fought over whether their daughter would be raised Catholic or be brought up in the church of Scientology.
If the court grants you sole legal custody of your children in divorce, you do not have to seek your ex’s approval when making decisions about faith issues, education, health or any other topic.
Finding a swift and fair solution should always be a primary goal
Some of the issues that celebrities have faced in divorce may be familiar to your own life. If you have children, their best interests are the primary concern of the court when making decisions regarding physical or legal custody. You and your ex might also disagree about property division issues or other financial topics, such as alimony.
Just like Hollywood California or any other state, New York has its own divorce guidelines, and a family court judge can use his or her own discretion to make decisions on your behalf if you and your ex are unable to achieve an agreement. Many people seek additional legal support before heading to court when they have specific issues of concern.