Celebrity divorces may be a mainstay of supermarket and online tabloids, but I'm always at a loss to why the stars aren't better guardians of their privacy. Yes, divorce can be private. The public - even your most adoring fans - never have to know the details of your family life and finances. No ugly laundry gets aired. Your children aren't exposed to social media exaggerations. Your career in the spotlight continues largely unhindered.
Sometimes, parents are in a position where they need to relocate for work or for school. When they're living together, a couple might work out a way to move for the betterment of their situation. However, when a couple is divorced, it becomes much more difficult to address sudden moves.
Everyone struggles with different debts during divorce. If you're still paying off student loans, or your spouse has them, then you may be concerned how they will affect you.
You may have heard the term "marrying out of your league." It refers to a situation in which someone's spouse is significantly more attractive than their partner. Many people say love is blind, but studies show that men who marry spouses who are significantly more attractive than them have less-committed spouses and face a higher risk of divorce.
Making the decision to end your marriage is not always easy, especially if there was no significant event leading up to the decision. Many people take months or years to come to the conclusion that their marriage cannot be saved.
Divorce is a stressful time for anyone, but it can be especially stressful when under the spotlight.
Prenuptial agreements are an important part of many marriages, but despite knowing how they can help, many people don't have them. Why? They may not know the importance of these agreements or not understand how they can help them.
Divorces are hard on everyone including friends, family members, children and yourself. It can be hard to manage their expectations along with your own. You may even have to deal with the loss of your marriage alongside the loss of close friends or family members as a result of the breakup.
Here in Los Angeles, people sometimes read about celebrity couples hiring private judges to oversee their divorces. However, you don't need to star on a TV show or have an Oscar to hire a private judge.
Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will provide new guidance to California family law judges who are asked to determine which spouse will get to keep the family pets or how the couple will share "custody" of them during and after the divorce.