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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are divorcing after seven years of marriage.
Jul 19, 2011
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After seven years of marriage, superstar couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have decided to divorce.

"We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters," the singers told People Magazine in a joint statement. They also said that the decision was "painful," and they want to maintain their privacy.

Oct 18, 2011

Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt recently reached a divorce settlement allegedly worth $130 million, according to which Jamie will give up all claims over ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The settlement will remove Jamie as an obstacle in Frank McCourt's plan to retain ownership of the Dodgers by selling the team's television rights in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The couple, who did sign a prenuptial agreement, have had issues in the past over the specifics of the document.

Oct 13, 2011

Former Beatle Paul McCartney tied the knot recently with 51-year-old Nancy Shevell in his third marriage, opting out of using a detailed prenuptial agreement, causing an uproar amongst critics.

The 69-year-old musician married Shevell on October 9 in central London, following a tumultuous marriage to Heather Mills which ended up costing him more than $48 million in legal damages after not filing for a prenup, according to People magazine.

According to the Daily Mail, McCartney's lawyers have drawn up a simple one-page document that prohibits Shevell from making a claim on

Oct 4, 2011

A judge finalized the divorce of actress Olivia Wilde and her former husband, Tao Ruspoli, on September 29, according to People magazine.

Star of feature films such as "Tron" and "Cowboys and Aliens," as well as the TV show "House, M.D.," Wilde married Ruspoli in 2003, when she was 18.

Despite the fact that Ruspoli is an Italian prince and Wilde a successful actress, the two did not have a prenuptial agreement.

Oct 3, 2011

Lisa Linde, wife of actor James Marsden, filed for divorce on September 23, citing irreconcilable differences.

According to the petition, Linde is seeking joint custody of their 10-year-old son, Jack, and 6-year-old daughter, Mary. She also requested the court rule on any contested issue that arises related to the divorce, including issues related to child support, spousal support, child visitation, child custody, property valuation, property division, tax consequences and attorney's fees.

Sep 30, 2011

Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a bill to reform Massachusetts' regulations relating to alimony payments.

Under the old system, judges could award lifetime alimony payments regardless of how long a marriage lasted. Reform advocates said this placed an undue financial burden on many divorced individuals.