For whatever reason, the American public is fascinated with celebrities and their personal lives. This interest especially involves celebrities' love affairs, marriages, and even divorces. Whether we are talking about unverified, and sometimes incredible, reports on the front pages of tabloids displayed at supermarket registers, or interviews of celebrities in more mainstream publications, a celebrity divorce can make big news.
Pamela Anderson, best known for her starring role on Baywatch, and her ongoing divorce from Rick Salomon, a well-known professional poker player, certainly qualifies as big news. In a recent feature from People, the couple has finalized their much publicized divorce proceedings and would like to apologize for what they describe as “hurtful comments” made during the process.
Following entry of their court-approved settlement, the parties, both 47 years old, released a joint statement saying, while public divorces can be “harsh and cruel,” they wish to apologize to their families and friends for any “hurt and embarrassment” their statements have cause, and they have reached an agreeable resolution and wish to get on with their lives.
With respect to their divorce itself, Anderson filed for divorce based upon irreconcilable difference. This is essentially considered a “no fault” divorce in which parties are not required to make any allegations of marital fault, such as abuse, adultery, spousal alienation, abandonment, or recrimination.
This is the second marriage for this particular couple, as they were first married in 2007, but a court annulled their marriage approximately two months following the wedding. The couple was again married in 2014, and this divorce proceeding commenced six months after the second wedding ceremony. As part of the agreement, TMZ is reporting Salomon has been ordered to pay Anderson $1 million in spousal support (alimony).
As our Birmingham divorce attorneys have seen all too often, parties to a marriage will often focus on fighting each other with emotional attacks outside of the presence of their respective lawyers, which may be harmful to the overall process.
While there is no doubt a divorce is an emotional process, the best thing you can do is consult with an experienced divorce attorney and leave the negotiation and, if necessary, fighting up to your lawyer. People often fall into the common trap of thinking they must “win” in the divorce to prevent them from “losing.” The danger with this line of thinking is people often lose sight of the big picture when caught up in such a fight.
Your lawyer should be able to help you achieve the best possible results allowed by the situation without you having to suffer through constant fighting with your current spouse. If you limit discussion with your soon-to-be ex-spouse to conversations necessary to take care of your children, for example, your attorney can focus on fighting for your rights, and this will be of more benefit to you.
If, however, you consult with an attorney who is not interested in taking the time to listen to your concerns and do what is necessary to obtain a desired result, you should consider having a consultation with a divorce attorney who is truly on your side.