Residents here in Massachusetts who are familiar with celebrity gossip are likely aware of the recent news floating around the internet this month concerning actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. They recently announced that they would be taking a break from their marriage in an attempt to evaluate it better. Some are now speculating that this could mean that divorce is just around the corner.
Back in 2010, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch was at the height of her fame. She was also in love, and in June of that year she and her girlfriend, a clinical psychologist, were married here in Massachusetts. The couple then registered as domestic partners in California, their main state of residence. To many of her fans’ dismay, however, Lynch announced earlier this summer that she has filed for divorce in California.
People in Massachusetts may have seen that Michael Jordan, arguably the most famous man in all of sports history, recently tied the knot with his girlfriend of several years, a 35-year-old model. Jordan may have learned a thing or two from his previous marriage, which ended in divorce in 2006, as he and his new bride signed a comprehensive prenuptial agreement to control the property division should their marriage end in divorce.
Celebrity watchers in Boston have probably seen the coverage of Katie Holmes' recent divorce from Tom Cruise, as she has been in the media spotlight with the couple's daughter, Suri, ever since filing for divorce. The actual divorce settlement was reached very quickly, which is not always common in a high-asset divorce where there is more at stake financially and often greater disputes over property division.
Boston music fans may be interested to hear that legendary artist, composer and performer Stevie Wonder is looking to finalize a separation from his wife of 11 years, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce comes a few years after the couple separated in late 2009. Now the couple must address such issues as property division and custody of their two young sons. This is not new territory for Wonder, who went through a divorce once before.
Massachusetts is one of a handful of states to recognize same-sex marriage. Although same-sex marriage has only been on the books for a few years, same-sex couples here and across the country are encountering some of the issues common to all married relationships when couples decide to divorce. Although some couples have resisted it, others are considering whether to create a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot.
Spouses in Massachusetts and around the country must contend with a number of issues in a divorce. While this is true of all divorcing couples, the relative weight of the issues may vary according to the couples' age. For example, young parents will be intensely focused on child custody and support. For older couples with adult children, however, other issues will take center stage.
Valentine's Day came and went this week. While the champagne may be gone, the chocolates eaten and the red roses wilted, couples in Massachusetts and around the country hope that the underlying love represented by these traditional symbols endures. The numbers bear out that hope, as an estimated 4 million Americans were engaged this past Tuesday.