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Another celebrity divorce is in the news. This time Scarlett Johansson from her French husband, Romain Dauriac.  According to lawyers for Mr. Dauriac the parties were in the middle of private negotiations when Ms. Johansson filed the Complaint for Divorce.  If this is true, one might wonder why she filed the Complaint for Divorce.  An educated guess would be that the filing was to preserve jurisdiction of the matter in New York State given that both parties are seeking residential custody.  Mr. Dauriac is French and reports have indicated that he would like to move back to France with the parties’ daughter.  While he may be ultimately successful in that wish, by filing in New York Ms. Johansson at the very least through her filing has assured herself that an American court will be hearing the issue if settlement negotiations fall through.

Custody is not the only reason to file a Complaint for Divorce while settlement negotiations are ongoing. Issues of support and equitable distribution can also be affected by the timing of the filing of a Complaint for Divorce.  If you or someone you know has questions about divorce, please contact one of our experienced family law attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS at (908) 879-9499 for guidance through the process.

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Statistics say that approximately 50% of married couples will end their marriage through divorce. Given this statistic it would stand to reason that there is less shame attached to divorce now than there has been in the past.  No doubt the “stigma” of divorce is lessening.  After all, Donald Trump has been married three times and divorced twice.  He has children with his current wife and both ex-wives.  This did not stop us as a country from electing him President.  In fact, not only were his multiple marriages rarely mentioned during the campaign, but his children from all three marriages were visible and supportive of him during the election.  It was a real-life version of “Modern Family”.    Unfortunately, despite the acceptance of divorce and remarriage in today’s society, many people going through divorce still feel a sense of failure.  This makes sense.  Although divorce is commonplace, it is never anyone’s goal when getting married.  If you are a friend or a relative of a person going through a divorce, rather than a gasp of dismay upon hearing the news, a simple “What can I do to help?” will go a long way towards helping them through the divorce.  While the “stigma” of divorce has lessened, the pain and challenges that a divorce brings still exist.  If you or someone you know has questions about divorce, please contact one of our experienced family law attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS at (908) 879-9499 for guidance through the process.