How to Divorce in Hollywood: Plan for Your Future Ex's Reality Show
Top family attorneys reveal their advice on new trends impacting marriage dissolution.
This story first appeared in the May 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
The past year was an active one for high-profile splits. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Gwen Stefani, Megan Fox, Hilary Duff and Mandy Moore all announced breakups. So THR polled three top celebrity divorce lawyers for advice on new trends impacting marriage dissolution.
Plan for the Eventual Reality Show
Laura Wasser: "Even people you wouldn't think now put a confidentiality agreement in their divorce judgment or prenuptial agreement. What may they post on social media in terms of their children? For example, you can only take a picture of a kid if he or she is unidentifiable. I've had two or three cases where one parent has wanted to do a reality show and the other has said absolutely not. Those are things we didn't deal with 10 or 15 years ago."
Beware of Astronomical Child Support
Daniel Jaffe: "[Under the child support guidelines mandate,] you put in your client's income information — call it $5 million a year — the spouse's income, which is zero, and custodial time, and then you hit a button. In Marc Anthony's divorce from the mother of his kids, they wanted $125,000 a month. The burden shifts to the high-income earner to prove that $125,000 a month is not in the best interest of the kids [even if it is exorbitant]. That is very difficult to do."
Get a Mediator, Not a Private Judge
Neal Hersh: "Even if you hire a private judge to hear your case, every document that gets filed with the judge gets filed with the court. The term 'private trial' is a misnomer. They're still public, whereas [out of court] mediations are confidential by code."