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What lessons can be learned from a celebrity divorce?

It seems like just about every day supermarket tabloids are announcing the divorce of yet another celebrity couple. It may seem like being in the limelight makes these divorces subject to a great deal of public scrutiny. Moreover, the average person may feel like they do not have much in common with the rich and famous. But, there are lessons that people in Houston can learn from celebrity divorces.

First, if one wants their divorce to stay as private as possible, they may want to file for it in a small county in their state of residence. And, consider "when" to file for divorce. For example, for couples with children, it may make more sense to divorce in the summer, so the child does not have to deal with the divorce proceedings and school at the same time.

In addition, acrimonious divorces should be avoided at all costs. Keeping control of one's future through their own attitude and actions can avoid conflict, which, if a couple has kids can benefit everyone greatly. Breaking the news of divorce to others jointly can also lessen the drama that can sometimes accompany divorce. Also, keep an eye on what one says about their ex -- things can be repeated on social media, which may not be in their favor, particularly when it comes to property division and spousal support.

As this shows, there are commonalities that span across every divorce, whether the parties are rich and famous. In the end, most people want their divorce to be handled swiftly, and they want to reach a fair and appropriate outcome. But, it still behooves spouses going through a divorce to seek the advice of an attorney, to ensure their interests are represented throughout the process.

Source: Refinery29, "How To Break Up Like A Celebrity," Kathryn Lindsay, July 7, 2017

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