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Celebrity divorce and the collaborative process

Last we discussed the potential benefits of collaborative divorce and how it helps divorcing couples in Florida maintain important relationships; most notably with their children. In fact, a number of celebrities rely on the process because it keeps negative images of them out of the press. (While they may not say it, some celebrities are very particular about their public personas).

Such may be the case of Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti. The couple recently announced that they are divorcing after 12 years of marriage. According to an Us Weekly report, the couple released a statement saying, "we have mutually decided to end our marriage. We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity and respect we have always enjoyed."

While the report did not mention any particular issues between the two as the divorce proceeds, we imagine that the procedure would be more like a business decision than a battle of wills. Both parties have had successful careers; Judd as an actress, and Franchitti as a race car driver. As such, we suspect that the parties will be working with accountants (as well as their lawyers) to craft proper separation agreements.

We also believe that their mutual respect will lead them to disclose essential financial information or review any prenuptial agreements that direct how they would divide their assets. Either way, we suspect that the collaborative process (should they choose to use it) will be ideal.

To learn more about the collaborative process, an experienced family law attorney can help.

Source:, Ashley Judd, Dario Franchitti divorce; couple calls it quits after 12 years of marriage, January 30, 2013

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