Monday, April 15, 2013

Celebrity Divorces - The Drama We Love

Do Celebrity Divorces Make Them Seem More Like Us?

Where were you when you heard about the shocking details of Katie Holmes filing for divorce from Tom Cruise? The nation was obsessed by the break-up of this marriage. Why? Do we watch them to see how they deal with the after effects of divorce?  Maybe some of us even feel empowered as we watch celebrities pick up the pieces from their lives and move forward from such devastating situations.

With the difficulties that come with divorce, in terms of the emotional and financial impact on all that are involved, it is curious what makes people so obsessed with celebrity divorces.  Two factors that greatly differentiate celebrity divorces from the average person are the length of time they were married and the financial settlements between the parties.  
  • Mel and Robyn Gibson’s divorce in 2009 is considered to be the largest celebrity divorce settlement, as Mel paid his ex $425 million.
  • The celebrity who has been married and divorced the most is actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who has been married nine times.
  • Britney Spears holds the record for shortest celebrity marriage; her union with friend Jason Alexander lasted only 55 hours before it was annulled.

When people finally decide to take the big step of getting married, it is sad to realize that at least 50% of them will end up divorced.  We all know several people - whether co-workers, relatives, friends, and even our own parents - who have experienced the reality of divorce.

Divorce Facts Worth Looking At

  • In America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds.  That’s 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,523 divorce per week.
  • 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce.
  • 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce.
  • 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce.
  • The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is 8 years.
  • People wait an average of three years after a divorce to remarry (if they remarry at all).
  • The average age for couples going through their first divorce is 30 years old.
  • Seventy-nine point six percent of custodial mothers receive a support award, while only 29.6 percent of custodial fathers receive a support award.
  • If your parents are happily married, your risk of divorce decreases by 14 percent.
  • People who wait to marry until they are over the age of 25 are 24 percent less likely to get divorced.
  • Living together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting divorced by as much as 40 percent.
  • If you’ve attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by 13 percent.
  • 2008 voter data shows that “red” states (states that tend to vote Republican), have higher divorce rates than “blue” states (states that tend to vote Democrat).
  • The Barna Research Group measured divorce statistics by religion.  They found that 29 percent of Baptists are divorced (the highest for a US religious group, while only 21 percent of atheists/agnostics were divorced (the lowest).

While they may not understand the complications that have ultimately led to the divorce, there is no question that children often get caught in the crossfire and suffer from great pain as a result.  They are powerless over the situation and are often torn between the two people they love the most.  

  • The divorce rate among couples with children is 40 percent lower than couples without children.
  • Forty-three percent of children growing up in America today are being raised without their fathers.
  • Seventy-five percent of children with divorced parents live with their mother.
  • Twenty-eight percent of children living with a divorced parent live in a household with an income below the poverty line.
  • Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage.  Of these children, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage.

Divorce is a delicate and often complex process.  Celebrities don’t face the same challenges that you do; your time and financial resources are limited and divorce requires you to spend your money with caution and wisdom simultaneously.  Contact us today at (201) 445-5856 for a FREE initial consultation and let the attorneys at Aretsky and Aretsky construct a plan to help you get through your divorce with ease and peace of mind.

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