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Collaborative Divorce Popular for Hollywood Stars
Divorce is unique because it is one of the few types of legal disputes where both parties can be essentially on the same page. That is not to say that all divorces are clean and easy, with both spouses agreeing on everything – far from it. But rather, when spouses have agreed that it is time to dissolve their marriage and are willing to work together to come to terms, a divorce can be a civil, constructive process that ultimately serves the best interests of both spouses and their children.
Recognizing this fact, and given that the Florida courts (like courts around the country) are extremely backlogged, couples now have a few different options for finalizing their divorces amicably and without court involvement. Out-of-court divorces have other benefits as well, namely:
They tend to be less expensive than contested divorces in court,
They tend to get resolved more quickly than contested divorces, and
They allow the spouses to keep the details of their divorce private.
These factors (well, at least the last two) are likely what led Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to use mediation and collaborative divorce techniques for their divorce announced earlier this year.
The Details (or Lack Thereof) of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s Divorce
If you use the Internet or watch television, by now you have likely heard the news that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner – two of Hollywood’s biggest stars – have decided to divorce. What you likely haven’t heard, however, is anything in the form of real, verifiable details on the terms of their separation.
When the stars announced their divorce, they said that they planned to “co-parent” their children and “go forward with love and friendship,” but otherwise did not release any details on the dissolution of their marriage. While fans often expect – and in some cases, hope – for the details of their big-screen favorites’ personal lives to make front-page headlines, in this case it appears that Ben and Jen will be keeping the terms of their divorce private.
Why Aren’t the Terms of Ben and Jen’s Divorce Public Record?
When divorcing couples seek to keep the details of their personal lives out of the public eye, they can do so through the processes of mediation and collaborative divorce. Couples often seek to use these options when:
They have young children
They have significant financial assets
They are able to work together to end their marriage amicably
They are high-profile individuals – whether in Hollywood or in their local community
In Ben and Jen’s case, it appears that all four of these apply. Assuming that they will be able to use mediation and collaborative methods to resolve any differences, we the people may never get the full scoop on their divorce.
The attorneys at McMichen, Cinami & Demps have years of experience assisting spouses with collaborative divorce. To discuss your situation with one of our attorneys in confidence, please contact us today.