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What celebrity divorces can teach us about our own divorces

If you have signed onto social media or read the news in the last day or so, chances are you came across the story that actress Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Brad Pitt.

While you may not think that celebrity divorces like this one affect your own situation that much, they can serve as important reminders of the fact that every divorce has complicated matters to resolve. For instance, famous or not, divorcing couples will need to divide assets and secure child custody arrangements.

In situations like Jolie and Pitt's where there is a lot of money and complex assets at stake, it can be wise to have financial and legal resources in place to make sure assets are categorized, calculated and divided properly. Even if you have very few assets, you will want to ensure you are getting a fair portion of the marital assets in your settlement.

In terms of child custody, courts consider many factors in every case. Primarily, they will look at what type of situation is in the best interests of the child. They will also consider parental involvement, what the children want and whether parents are fit to have custody.

Of course, Jolie and Pitt's divorce involves unique elements because both people are wealthy, high-profile celebrities, but your situation will be unique as well because every person and every relationship is different. And while news of your own divorce may not make national headlines, it is almost certainly going to be the top story in your life for the coming months or even years.

In an effort to make this chapter of your life a little smoother and easier to manage, it will be critical to work with an attorney in order to secure a fair and satisfactory settlement. Whether you are a rich, famous actor or not, you have rights and a future that must be protected. With the help of an attorney, you can fight to do just that.

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