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3 lessons Clark County folks can learn from celebrity divorces

Few people think of celebrities as people who have relationships that we want to emulate. Many people in Clark County watch as movie stars host one million-dollar wedding after another. In their pre-married bliss, celebrities claim that they've found the person they're going to spend eternity with. After a year or so, tabloids start circulating divorce rumors, and a short time after that, the couple issues a statement about their divorce.

Granted, there are probably a thousand things celebrities do that you would never dream of doing. Regardless, there are valuable lessons that you can learn from watching the mistakes that celebrities make during their divorces.

Regardless of the size of your estate when you get married, it's a good idea to sign a prenuptial agreement. Some celebrities whose careers soared when they were married were forced to give their ex-spouses millions of dollars during the divorce proceedings.

Mel Gibson reportedly split $900 million with his ex-wife, and Guy Ritchie allegedly made nearly $90 million from his divorce with Madonna. Signing a prenuptial agreement helps ensure your assets will be protected if your marriage doesn't last forever.

Make note of how the Kardashian family reacted to Kim's divorce, and do the opposite: Do not slander your ex in public. Yes, your emotions and anger may be soaring after your split. And yes, your friends and family (maybe even the paparazzi) may ask you how you're doing and what you're feeling. No, that does not mean you should say every bad thing that's on your mind about your ex. Keeping quiet gives your emotions a chance to cool. It's hard to think logically about your future when you're busy being emotional.

Finally, after you've agreed on a parenting plan, stick to the child custody and visitation schedule you create. If you think your spouse is an unfit parent, make sure you work with your attorney to provide that information to the judge before an agreement is reached. Once you've agreed to a parenting plan, failing to keep it may take you back to court.

Source: Huffington Post, "Celebrity Divorce: What It Can Teach Us," Silvana D. Raso, June 5, 2012

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