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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.

Jun 24, 2011

Actors and actresses rarely imitate the lives of their on-screen personas, as many times celebrities try to distance themselves from the roles that they play.

Jun 24, 2011

Adoption legislation is difficult to pass, as the rights for the children who were taken in are often juxtaposed with the guaranteed anonymity of the parents who placed their child into the protective custody of an agency.

New Jersey is in the middle of a legal battle concerning an adoption bill that was pushed through the legislature, as governor Chris Christie vetoed the document due to several specific clauses, according to The Associated Press.

Christie exercised his power to veto due to his objection to giving adopted children access to their original birth certificate,

Jun 24, 2011

When a celebrity gets married, the notion of longevity is rarely addressed by the media. Hollywood may not be the best place to sustain a successful relationship, as the pressure and publicity that is created by the town can lead many famous couples to end their marriages in a divorce.

Director Jason Reitman has filed for divorce from his wife Michelle Lee after the couple ended their relationship of more than seven years, according to PopEater.

Reitman filed the divorce papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week, the first step towards annulling the marriage.

Jun 16, 2011

A prenuptial agreement can ensure that both parties are fairly compensated if the marriage takes a turn for the worse.

Jun 14, 2011

Celebrity divorce is not a phrase that is uncommon in America. Famous people tend to flaunt their relationships, and like the rest of the country, many will end standing across from their former spouse in court.

Shauna Sand has filed divorce papers in an effort to separate from her husband Laurent Homburger, according to E!