Celebrity Divorces: The Low Roads and the High Roads
Author: Long Island Divorce Solutions (lidivorcesolutions.com)
The public hungers for news about celebrities, and celebrity divorces often top the news list. Soap operas, riddled with conflict and divorce are some of the longest surviving television shows, and you can only wonder whether real life events provide writing material for their melodrama.
The low road
A case in point is the recent Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller divorce that began with domestic violence, continued with both spouse’s troubles involving alcohol or drugs, and ended in court with Charlie Sheen and Brooke sharing legal custody of their twin boys and Charlie paying $55,000/month in child support. For the domestic violence case, Charlie’s lawyer managed to negotiate a plea deal where two charges, a felony assault charge and another, were dropped for a guilty plea to misdemeanor assault. The judge sentenced Sheen for three months probation and 36 hours of violence counseling. Shortly thereafter, CBS fired Sheen from the hit comedy series Two and a Half Men and he filed a number of legal claims against the studio.
The high road
By comparison, the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver divorce took a more private route and ended in a more dignified outcome. Despite the initial news blitz of Arnold’s confession that he fathered child from an extramarital relationship, a New York Times article ( HYPERLINK “http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/02/us/02divorce.html” http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-07-21/gossip/29818527_1_schwarzenegger-and-shriver-divorce-filingl) reported that the couple sought a confidential out-of-court settlement, which despite any dispute they planned to keep private.
Divorce mediation, collaborative law, negotiated settlements, and other alternatives to litigation can help divorcing couples take the high road, maintaining their dignity and privacy, whether they are celebrities or ordinary people.