Reality star copes after filing for divorce

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A divorce is a painful experience for everyone. However, for those who are in the spotlight, such as a high-profile couple, it can feel like the process is happening under a microscope. Reporters are constantly asking for details, and the public is not shy about offering their opinion regarding whether an alimony request should be granted or who should get the beach house.

Orlando readers might have heard that Ramona Singer, one of the stars of the reality series, “Real Housewives of New York City,” filed for divorce from her husband, Mario Singer. It was recently revealed that Mario, who works in manufacturing, has been having an affair with a 27-year-old woman. The couple have been married for 22 years. The case was filed during the last week of January.

The details of the divorce have been sealed but considering they both have successful careers, it is likely there are substantial assets to be considered in the divorce proceedings. There has been no mention of a timeframe for the case to proceed. Ramona has been spending her time visiting Florida with friends and enjoying Fashion Week in New York City.

Depending on whether Mario Singer decides to countersue in the divorce proceedings, the divorce could take between a few months to a few years. In many cases, the more assets there are, the longer it takes to come to a settlement. For people with less assets to consider, a divorce can be settled more quickly. Receiving advice from an experienced legal professional may help keep the proceedings on track and may help ensure an equitable result.

Source: EOnline, “Ramona Singer Reveals How She’s Coping After Filing for Divorce From Husband Mario” Peter Gicas, Feb. 13, 2014

Think you don’t need a prenup? Think again

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A lot of Orlando couples will get engaged his holiday season. After the glow of the proposal and acceptance wear off and the wedding planning begins, increasingly another discussion is taking place between engaged couples. What about a prenup?

Prenups are no longer the sole provinces of wealthy and high-profile couples. Now many people who are relatively young and not necessarily wealthy have them. In a recent survey, nearly two-thirds of divorce attorneys reported an increase in the number of prenups they have encountered in the past few years. By far, the main reason given for the agreement is “protection of separate property.”

Why get a prenup if you don’t have a tremendous amount of money or assets going into the marriage? For one thing, you may stand to inherit a good deal of money or property from your parents or other relatives. That could all end up being split with an ex-spouse.

If you are divorced or widowed and going into a new marriage, a prenup is highly recommended – particularly if you have children. Whether the marriage ends in death or divorce, you most likely want to ensure that your children get all or part of your estate, even if it’s just some sentimental family heirlooms.

Another advantage of writing a prenup is that it gets couples talking about finances – not just how they want to handle what they bring into the marriage, but what they earn and purchase afterwards. A prenup does not have to be solely about money. Some couples include a clause, for example, saying that they will get couples therapy before ending their marriage.

You may need to broach the subject with your intended spouse carefully if you are not sure how he or she will react. It’s not easy to tell someone you love and are committing to spend the rest of your life with that if it all goes south, you want to make sure he or she doesn’t get the vacation home on Fisher Island your great-aunt is leaving you.

An attorney can guide couples through the process of developing a prenup and help them discuss and decide on things they may not have considered. Then, once that’s out of the way, they can get on with the wedding planning.

Source: moneynews.com, “Three Things to Consider Before You Ask for a Prenup” No author given, Nov. 27, 2013

Kim Rothstein files for divorce

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Filing for divorce is a stressful experience, and many couples retreat from their personal life while they go through the process. However, for a high-profile couple, this is not always possible. Our Orlando readers may be interested to know that one half of a couple that has frequently been in the news has filed for divorce.

Kim Rothstein, wife of Scott Rothstein, who is serving a jail sentence in an undisclosed location, has filed for divorce. Court records state that she cites mental and physical abuse as reasons for the filing. She also claims that her husband kept her in the dark about his financial scheme and that he guarded every move she made, essentially controlling every aspect of her life.

This includes, according to her filing, her involvement in hiding assets from federal authorities. She claims that it was her husband that told her to hide $1 million in jewelry and assets and that from his secret prison location, he instructed her how to sell the assets and hide the money. She stated that when she realized that she was in serious legal trouble for participating, she admitted everything to the authorities and helped them capture several others who were part of the scheme.

Scott Rothstein is currently serving a 50-year sentence for being the mastermind behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. His location is unknown because he has been working with authorities to help convict others in hope of taking time off his own sentence. For her part in hiding of assets, Ms. Rothstein is facing a jail sentence of three to four years, but could be sentenced to less time since she did cooperate with authorities.

Although many marriages end in divorce, most don’t include the complications that this particular marriage had. However, anyone who has decided to end their marriage should speak to a legal representative who is experienced in handling divorces so a person’s assets can be protected.

Source: Sun Sentinel, “Kim Rothstein files for divorce, says it was Scott’s idea to hide jewelry” Paula McMahon, Nov. 08, 2013

Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr split after 3 years of marriage

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When a couple decides to go their separate ways, it is often a sad and painful period in each person’s life. During this time, it would be easy for one of the other spouse to become angry or bitter, and lash out at the other spouse. The animosity can increase dramatically if children are involved, and if there are significant assets involved. As if all that isn’t enough to deal with, for ahigh-profile couple, much of the divorce proceedings play out in the public eye.

But even with all those issues, some couples stay determined to keep the breakup as amicable as possible. Thus is the case with Orlando Bloom and his wife, Miranda Kerr. After three years of marriage, the couple released a joint statement announcing their separation and impending divorce. The couple has a two-year-old son.

Realizing that the two are forever tied to each other because of their son, the “Lord of the Rings” star and the Victoria Secret model have chosen to focus on their friendship and love of their son. The pair married in July, 2010, but according to sources, they have been separated for several months.

Choosing to be amicable during their divorce proceeding is a very wise move. Creating animosity will just cause unnecessary pain for everyone involved, including the child. Parents who decide to end their marriages must ensure that both parents are as involved with their children’s lives as possible, since that is only fair to the child.

For those who are considering a divorce or who are in the process and want to ensure their rights are protected regarding alimony, child support or visitation, speaking with a legal professional experienced in family law can help.

Source: People.com, “Orlando Bloom Speaks Out About Miranda Kerr Split” Sheila Cosgrove Baylis, Oct. 31, 2013