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CNNMoney: Where Zuckerberg would be without a prenupupdated: Mon May 21 2012 16:18:00

Mark Zuckerberg's marriage to his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, one day after he became one of the richest men on the planet may have seemed oddly timed. But, according to divorce lawyers, it was spot on.

Divorce settlement for the record booksupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 09:36:00

The ex-wife of a Hong Kong business tycoon has been awarded a divorce settlement worth $154 million.

Hong Kong wife wins $154 million divorce settlement updated: Fri Dec 02 2011 09:36:00

A Hong Kong judge ordered a wealthy real estate mogul to pay his former wife $154 million in one of the city's largest divorce settlements.

Fortune: Getting married? Get a prenupupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 15:04:00

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian isn't often held up as a model of prudent behavior. But the recent reports that she and her fiancé, NBA forward Kris Humphries, are working out a prenuptial agreement make her the celebutante face of a practical new trend. Prenups are on the rise. And they aren't just for the wealthy and famous these days.

California judge halts ownership hearing in divorce of Dodgers coupleupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 16:23:00

The uncertain future of the troubled Dodgers baseball team continued Thursday when a Los Angeles County judge canceled a one-day trial that ultimately was supposed to determine whether the team was community property in the divorce between owner Frank McCourt and wife Jamie.

People.com: Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Fighting Spousal Supportupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 11:29:00

New court papers clarify his position on money for Maria Shriver

CNNMoney: Arnold, you better have a prenup!updated: Fri May 20 2011 17:13:00

Arnold Schwarzenegger's indiscretions could cost him dearly, now that he's headed for divorce with Maria Shriver.

People.com: Steve Harvey Fires Back at Ex Wife's YouTube Allegationsupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 18:29:00

The comedian lifts a gag order in his 2005 divorce to show how much he paid her in the settlement

People.com: Sean Penn and Robin Wright Finalize Their Divorceupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 20:28:00

The two reached a private agreement on custody of their son and division of property

People.com: Sandra Bullock and Jesse James Finalize Divorceupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 20:48:00

Their nearly five-year marriage officially comes to an end with papers filed in Texas

People.com: Heidi Montag Files for Legal Separation from Spencer Prattupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 21:26:00

The reality star lists irreconcilable differences in papers filed at a Santa Monica courthouse

Divorce attorneys catching cheaters on Facebookupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 18:04:00

Before the explosion of social media, Ken Altshuler, a divorce lawyer in Maine, dug up dirt on his client's spouses the old-fashioned way: with private investigators and subpoenas. Now the first place his team checks for evidence is Facebook.

People.com: James Van Der Beek to Pay Ex-Wife $7,750 a Monthupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 15:09:00

The Dawson's Creek star and Heather Ann McComb reach a divorce settlement

People.com: Rep: Sandra Bullock Not Seeking a Divorce Lawyerupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 11:14:00

Jesse James's rep also denies a report that he has reached out to attorneys

10 bizarre divorce settlementsupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 10:51:00

Divorce is almost always a messy business, but certain settlements between former beloveds can be somewhat absurd. Here's a look at some examples of offbeat divorce settlements.

People.com: LeAnn Rimes Reaches Divorce Settlementupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 13:27:00

The country star and Deane Sheremet make a clean break and avoid a messy fight in court

CNNMoney: The CEO and the owner broke up. Now what?updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 05:16:00

The news that Los Angeles Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt are divorcing came with a bitter kick: Team chairman Frank's first move against his soon-to-be-ex was to fire her from her job as the Dodgers' chief executive.

Stay married if you want kidsupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 13:02:00

Much has been written about the Obamas' marriage. The president and first lady have attested to the long and hard work it takes to stay involved and connected to each other while maintaining their separate identities.

People.com: Shaquille O'Neal's Wife Files for Separationupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 20:08:00

Va'shaundya O'Neal is seeking sole custody of their four children and spousal support

People.com: Kate Gosselin Files for Child & Spousal Supportupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 14:46:00

"She needs relief in light of the draining of substantial marital assets," says one of her divorce attorneys of Jon allegedly taking $230,000

People.com: Eddie Cibrian Files for Divorceupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 21:27:00

Wife Brandi Glanville says he and LeAnn Rimes are bound for Mexico this weekend

People.com: David Alan Grier Seeks Joint Custody Over Daughterupdated: Sun Aug 23 2009 23:06:00

But the actor asks a court to deny his estranged wife any spousal support

Commentary: Let's end disposable marriageupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 22:36:00

After Tommy's sudden death, we found among my brother's personal effects a questionnaire he had completed in 2005 for a church class.

People.com: INSIDE STORY: Gosselin Divorce Papers Explainedupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 16:31:00

What do you need to know about the couple's divorce filings - and what to ignore

People.com: Sean Penn and Robin Wright's Divorce Is Off - For Nowupdated: Fri May 22 2009 11:29:00

The Oscar winner asks a court to dismiss his legal separation case

People.com: Sean Penn Files for Legal Separationupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 08:22:00

The action follows an attempt to reconcile with his wife of 13 years, Robin Wright Penn

People.com: Mel Gibson's Wife Files for Divorceupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 18:42:00

The estranged couple seek to "maintain the privacy and integrity" of their family

Crunch-hit tycoon loses bid to cut divorce payoutupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 09:07:00

A British court Wednesday told a business financier he would still have to pay a $13.6 million divorce settlement despite losing a fortune in the credit crunch.

People.com: Amy Winehouse's Husband to Divorce Her Over Adulteryupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 16:40:00

The singer's jailed husband has instructed a lawyer to file papers

People.com: Rep: Madonna to Pay Guy Ritchie $76 Million in Divorce Settlementupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 08:39:00

Ritchie will get the couple's country home and their London pub, says the singer's spokeswoman

Peterson claims desertion, meets with divorce lawyerupdated: Wed Nov 19 2008 09:48:00

Drew Peterson has met with a prominent divorce attorney more than a year after his wife, Stacy, disappeared, his lawyer confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

People.com: Debbie Matenopoulos 'Saddened' by Husband's Divorce Filingupdated: Mon Nov 17 2008 11:47:00

Expressing "disillusionment," the TV personality found out about the filing from Internet reports, she tells PEOPLE

People.com: A-Rod's Ex-Wife 'Quite Happy' with Divorce Dealupdated: Sat Sep 20 2008 14:29:00

"She said everything is good and feels relieved," a source close to Cynthia Rodriguez tells PEOPLE

Time.com: A-Rod, Wife Reach Divorce Settlementupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 17:50:00

It's over for the New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and Cynthia Rogriguez, his wife of more than five years. With a prenuptial agreement in place, lawyers for the couple confirmed Friday that a settlement was reached in their divorce

People.com: Yankees Star Alex Rodriguez Settles Divorceupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 13:39:00

The once bitterly feuding couple "amicably resolved" their differences, Rodriguez's lawyer says

People.com: Chris Kattan Files for Legal Separation from Wife of Two Monthsupdated: Sun Aug 24 2008 06:18:00

The ex-SNL star says they split just six weeks after their wedding due to "irreconcilable differences"

YouTube divorce war!updated: Tue Jul 22 2008 09:48:00

The woman that went wild in her YouTube attack of her ex-husband is claiming her first victory.

People.com: Reports: Madonna Consulted Divorce Lawyerupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 16:47:00

The reported meeting adds to rumblings of trouble in the singer's marriage to Guy Ritchie

Some ex-wives have to pay 'manimony'updated: Thu May 22 2008 19:40:00

When Susan Harris divorced her husband of five and a half years last December, she got the apartment, extra closet space and the covers all to herself.

McGreevey on the standupdated: Thu May 15 2008 22:17:00

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey testifies during his divorce proceedings.

People.com: Paul McCartney & Heather Mills Granted Preliminary Divorceupdated: Mon May 12 2008 12:55:00

After nearly two years of legal wrangling, the divorce is still not official

People.com: Tae Bo King's Wife Files for Separationupdated: Thu Apr 24 2008 07:55:00

Billy Blanks and his wife, Gayle, split after 33 years of marriage

McCartney's ex-wife awarded almost $50 millionupdated: Tue Mar 18 2008 04:13:00

Heather Mills, the estranged wife of Paul McCartney, was granted nearly £25 million ($50 million) in her divorce proceedings with the former Beatle, she said Monday.

McCartneys back in divorce courtsupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 15:15:00

Paul McCartney and his estranged wife, Heather Mills, returned to a London court Monday for the second round of their high-profile divorce.

McCartneys to battle for second weekupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 08:59:00

The battle between Paul McCartney and his estranged wife, Heather Mills, for his estimated $1.6 billion fortune looks likely to stretch into a second week.

People.com: Wife of Britney's Paparazzi Pal Files for Separationupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 07:24:00

The wife of paparazzo and Britney Spears's latest flame, Adnan Ghalib, filed for legal separation from the photographer on Friday, court documents show.

Spears will lose custody of childrenupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 11:23:00

A court has ordered pop singer Britney Spears to give up custody of her children effective Wednesday at noon.

'Monied' Spears asked to pay Federline expensesupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 21:40:00

Kevin Federline's lawyer wants Britney Spears to pay some of her ex-husband's legal expenses in their divorce case, court documents show.

People.com: UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito 'Moving On' After Divorceupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 17:03:00

Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper have agreed to end their four-month marriage, with the divorce going into effect in November, according to court papers made public Monday.

People.com: Ryan Phillippe Seeks Joint Custody of Kidsupdated: Fri May 18 2007 19:23:00

Ryan Phillippe has filed a legal response to soon-to-be ex-wife Reese Witherspoon's divorce claim, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Prenups for the peopleupdated: Thu Jan 04 2007 20:23:00

Pre-nuptial agreements, or binding financial agreements as they may be known, are no longer an exclusive financial risk management tool for Hollywood couples.

Alleged court filings: McCartney mistreated wifeupdated: Thu Oct 19 2006 17:02:00

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has vowed to "vigorously" defend himself against allegations of mistreatment allegedly made by his estranged wife, former model Heather Mills.

Sad McCartney pleads for privacyupdated: Wed Oct 18 2006 17:54:00

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has defended himself against allegations of mistreatment allegedly made by his estranged wife, former model Heather Mills.

McCartneys set for 'battle royal'updated: Wed Aug 09 2006 05:48:00

Paul McCartney and estranged wife Heather Mills McCartney have hired the divorce lawyers who represented Prince Charles and Princess Diana to handle their own increasingly acrimonious separation.

CNNMoney: Divorce often rings in new yearupdated: Thu Jan 05 2006 05:45:00

Call it the stealth New Year's resolution, the last-resort plan few people are willing to discuss during the year-end focus on holiday cheer and family.

CNNMoney: Protect your wallet in a divorceupdated: Tue Sep 20 2005 12:58:00

Making plans to preserve your assets in case of a divorce may not be very romantic. But with half the population headed for divorce court after a trip down the aisle, it's not such a bad idea.

CNNMoney: Are prenups for you?updated: Wed Jun 01 2005 14:44:00

The wedding bells are ringing. It's June, the busiest month for weddings.

Can an adulterer receive alimony?updated: Thu May 05 2005 14:43:00

After the 27-year marriage of Brenda and James Mani ended, a court ordered Brenda to pay James $610 per week in spousal support. But Brenda strenuously objected.

Claiming DNA proof, socialite wants husband to pay for cheatingupdated: Tue Dec 07 2004 13:26:00

When a West Palm Beach, Florida, socialite suspected her husband was cheating on her, she sought proof and payback.

CNNMoney: Retirement and the big Dupdated: Tue Sep 14 2004 17:19:00

Marriage vows don't always last forever, even if those 35 years of matrimony sure seemed like it.

CNNMoney: What?! You want me to sign a prenup?updated: Fri Mar 19 2004 17:53:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - You've really been looking forward to getting married except for one niggling detail: your partner has asked for a prenuptial agreement.

CNNMoney: Saying "I do" with prenup in handupdated: Tue Feb 03 2004 10:08:00

Dear Armchair Millionaire: Our daughter recently got engaged and will be married this winter. We have been wondering about when a prenuptial agreement might be called for. Any guidance on this issue? -- Miami Dad

Money Magazine: Picking up the pieces after divorceupdated: Wed May 01 2002 16:28:00

How do you prepare for divorce? Certainly, it's not something most spouses want to consider, especially while they're building a life together - raising kids, buying a home, saving for a dream retirement.

FSB: Q&A: Splitsville, USA Breaking up is hard to do, no matter who the players are.updated: Sun Apr 01 2001 00:01:00

If there's one man who understands the business of breakups, it's Raoul Felder. In 38 years as a divorce lawyer he has represented big names such as Robin Givens, Rudolph Giuliani, and the wives (y...

Fortune: The Matrimonial Crime Labupdated: Mon Sep 04 2000 00:01:00

In 1998, Tampa attorney David Maney faced a quandary. His client had been granted ownership of a cockatoo in the course of divorce proceedings. Both members of the couple had grown attached to the ...

Money Magazine: Sign Here, Darlingupdated: Tue Jun 01 1999 00:01:00

June usually means wedding bells pealing across America. It's also when brides- and grooms-to-be are talking business--or should be, says Jacalyn F. Barnett, a matrimonial lawyer in New York City w...

Fortune: It's Her Job Too Lorna Wendt's $20 million divorce case is the shot heard 'round the water cooler.updated: Mon Feb 02 1998 00:01:00

Once upon a time, a good corporate wife was to be seen and not heard. She was to make sure nothing, but nothing, came between her man and his work. She was to shield him from the tedious and distra...

Money Magazine: MARRIED FOLKS FIND BREAKING UP COULD GET HARDER TO DOupdated: Mon Jul 01 1996 00:01:00

Conservative legislators in a growing number of states want to make it tougher to file for divorce largely in order to help the couples' children. This year 12 states (Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, I...

Fortune: HOW DIVORCE AFFECTS YOUR TAXES WHEN SPOUSES DECIDE TO DIVORCE, THE FIRST QUESTION MANY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ASK IS, "DO YOU HAVupdated: Mon Mar 18 1996 00:01:00

DIVORCE AIN'T pretty. There's anger. There's grief. And there's the need to move on. You can move to a new town, settle into a new business, surround yourself with a whole new group of friends. And...

Fortune: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT 401(K)s* *BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR PLAN IF YOUR updated: Mon Dec 25 1995 00:01:00

WHERE BETTER to go for answers to the big questions about 401(k) savings plans than to the man who created them? No, this financial innovator isn't a Wall Street rocket scientist, although providin...

Money Magazine: DON'T DUMP HIM...'TIL YOU READ THIS! HOW THE WOMAN WHO WOULD CHUCK CHUCK CAN GET THE BIG BUCKS!updated: Sun Jan 01 1995 00:01:00

NOW IT can be told: The storybook marriage of the century is almost certain to end in divorce this year.

Money Magazine: Our new Deficit Watch; help your child get a job; writing prenups right; collectible radios A QUICKIE GUIDE TO PRENUPS FOR TRUMPupdated: Tue Jun 01 1993 00:01:00

Isn't it romantic? These days more and more affluent couples -- beyond such likely candidates as Marla and The Donald or Microsoft's billionaire Bill Gates and fiancee Melinda French -- are asking ...

Fortune: DIVORCE GETTING THE BEST DEAL Ending a marriage is almost always a traumatic experience for wives, husbands, and children. Hope updated: Mon May 17 1993 00:01:00

THE UNITED STATES is the world's divorce mill, and in this decade, sadly, a lot of us are going to be headed for Splitsville. During the 1990s the Bureau of the Census reckons that somewhere betwee...

Fortune: FINDING THE RIGHT LAWYER updated: Mon May 17 1993 00:01:00

Ever since no-fault divorce laws removed the need to gather dirt, matrimonial attorneys, as they are known, have enjoyed increased respectability. The best evidence is their sleek, skyscraper offic...

Money Magazine: DIVORCE AND IRAS updated: Mon May 01 1989 00:01:00

In Money Helps (March) in providing an answer to a question about IRA assets in a divorce settlement, you may be mistaken. Internal Revenue Code Section 408(D)(6) and IRS Letter Ruling 8649053 both...

Money Magazine: RECORDS: MOST OF US SQUIRREL MORE PAPER THAN IS NECESSARYupdated: Thu Sep 01 1988 00:01:00

Warren and Rosemary Wells of Deerfield, Ill. once belonged to the accumulate- and-procrastinate school of record keeping. They saved everything. In their basement and study they had five file cabin...

Money Magazine: Suddenly Single A person who marries today has a fifty-fifty chance of becoming single through divorce, and a wife also faces a updated: Wed Jun 01 1988 00:01:00

Jane Fox, 41, faced an ocean of financial troubles when she and her husband agreed to part five years ago. She and her two daughters, Anna, then four, and Katherine, 1, resettled in a small, 3 1/2-...

Money Magazine: How $65,000 a Year Just Trickles Away Like so many others, the Fitzgeralds want to save -- but can't get a handle on how much thupdated: Tue Dec 01 1987 00:01:00

Tom and JoAnn Fitzgerald aren't your typical big-spending baby boomers: they don't own the ultimate driving machine; Reebok running shoes aren't their speed; when they dine out, they favor hot Mexi...

Fortune: POST-MARITAL ECONOMICS Just about everybody welcomed ''no fault'' divorce, but it turns out to be tough on women.updated: Mon Dec 23 1985 00:01:00

The American divorce rate keeps rising, and yet we hear less than we used to about certain themes long associated with divorce. We are less likely to hear the word ''alimony,'' for example. Nor is ...

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