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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.

Jul 27, 2011

With gay marriage in New York now a reality, prenuptial agreements and other specifics that factor into marriages of all types, are being brought to light.

While the excitement of newly won legal rights for equality is leading many gay couples to the alter in a hurry, one attorney is emphasizing the importance of taking a step back to consider the state of marriage in the country today.

“Prenuptial agreements are used to, essentially, shield future spouses’ assets from the other in the event that there is a dissolution of the marriage,” James Hyer, attorney,

Jul 27, 2011

The Association of Divorce Financial Planners is expecting record attendance for its ninth annual conference.

Allied divorce professionals, judges, mediators, attorneys, divorce financial practitioners, paralegals, therapists, insurance agents and other financial professionals will convene as the newly expanded ADFP addresses various financial issues as they pertain to divorce.

“In recent years, we've expanded our chapters across the U.S., including California, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee," said Lili Vasileff, president of the ADFP.

Jul 26, 2011

Denise Richards, star of Wild Things and The World is Not Enough, has adopted a baby girl, Eloise Joni.

Richards, the ex-wife of former Two and a Half Men star, Charlie Sheen, named the baby after her mother who passed away from cancer in 2007.

Richards started the adoption process nearly two years ago but kept it secret.

"Some people think if a celebrity wants a baby, they get one the next day," Richards told Us Weekly magazine.

Jul 19, 2011

Reality TV star Taylor Armstrong, one of the featured players on Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, will not be a wife much longer. Armstrong and her husband, Russell Armstrong, have filed for divorce.

The Armstrongs have one daughter, 5-year-old Kennedy. Taylor told People Magazine she is confident a divorce will best serve Kennedy's interests, though it will be difficult to end her marriage.

The travails of the Armstrong marriage and their efforts to save it by going to counseling have been captured by Bravo's cameras.

Jul 19, 2011

Melissa Joan Hart, who as a teenager starred in the television shows Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, recently told OK! Magazine she is considering adoption.

Hart and her husband Mark Wilkerson are already parents to two boys, 5-year-old Mason and 3-year-old Brady, but Hart told OK! she comes from a family of eight and wants a big brood of her own.

The 35-year-old actress said she might adopt after she is no longer able to have children herself.