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Divorce of Brad and Angelina offers insight into the process

The decision of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to end their marriage led to an avalanche of publicity. There were speculations about the settlement, child custody and how the riches will be divided. However, even though a celebrity break-up typically involves much more money than most New Jersey couples accumulate in their lives, a highly publicized divorce can offer valuable insight regarding this type of family law proceeding.

First, be prepared. Many couples believe that they will live happily ever after. For those who never even considered the possibility of divorce, the shock when it does happen is devastating. Recognizing the possibility of divorce need not have any bearing on how long the marriage will last. In fact, being realistic and executing a prenuptial contract before the marriage to protect each spouse's interests in the event of a divorce can provide the peace of mind necessary for a long, happy marriage.

The manner in which Brad and Angelina handled their child custody issues is worth noting. Some of the children were already there when the couple got married. However, they were able to negotiate custody and parenting issues, thereby preventing litigation and even more publicity. Their divorce underscores the important role that mediators can play in divorce negotiations.

As with Brad and Angelina, it makes sense for each spouse to consider retaining the services of the best attorney that he or she can afford. While attorneys can be of great help when drafting prenups before weddings, they can also assist with marital issues during the marriage. These can include modifications to the prenuptial agreement or, in appropriate circumstances, the negotiation and execution of a postnup. Of course, a family law attorney is also available for anyone in New Jersey who needs divorce advice and support.

Source: The Huffington Post, "More we can learn from Angelina and Brad's divorce", Randall M. Kessler, Accessed on Jan. 6, 2017

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