For the average Texan, a divorce can finalize a long and grueling period of discontent. It can also signal the beginning of a long and challenging road ahead. While these sentiments are often true among the divorces of celebrities, the lives they live as a whole often make marital dissolutions more complex. How expensive can celebrity divorces really be, and can the average, working-class couple learn anything about the divorce stories of the famous?
Business Insider is quick to inform readers that celebrity marital break-ups are no small matter. In fact, some of the most expensive celebrity divorces cost tens of millions, and in some cases, even more. Cofounders of Black Entertainment Television Bob and Sheila Johnson, for example, involved the divorce of billionaires; Sheila Johnson walked away with $400 million. The most expensive celebrity divorce, however, was between Alec and Jocelyn Wildenstein in 1999, resulting in $3.8 billion.
So, Texas residents might ask, what can the general public learn from these exorbitant divorces? An article in Forbes takes an interesting spin on these luxurious splits by listing some divorce lessons to learn. Another example, the split between Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, was a divorce that revolved around timing. According to Forbes, the couple waited until a day after their tenth wedding anniversary to separate; doing so in some states could mean greater amounts of spousal support. Lesser-earning spouses may also benefit from this strategy since it can allow them to receive Social Security benefits and other benefits, depending on the other spouse’s record. When it comes to intellectual property, the divorce of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore can serve as another example. Those with trademarks or copyrights may want to consider the division of intellectual property. These are just a few of the many celebrity divorces the public can learn from, no matter how much money spouses make.