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The Legal Side of the Brangelina Divorce23rd Sep 2016

by on 23rd Sep 2016


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Brad and Ang. Brangelina. 

WhichRichard Perrins Partner Coles Millerever way you choose to say it, the impending divorce between Hollywood’s favourite couple has undeniably grabbed the attention of the world’s media.

Close sources state the two-year marriage is being ended due to “irreconcilable differences” and that Jolie is filing for divorce “for the health of the family”.

But when (and how) will the couple begin to reach an agreement about the assumingly complex task of dividing their marital assets and, of course, significant wealth?

High profile celebrity break ups are always a favourite in the news. However, it’s easy to forget about the domestic and legal issues which the couple will inevitably have to address.

Can they protect their individual assets and the respective wealth accrued in the 10 years prior to marriage?

And what about their six children; which parent will they live with and what contact arrangements will be put in place for the other parent?

Naturally, the English courts will not have jurisdiction in the Brangelina case and, so, the approach taken by the American courts is likely to differ somewhat.

However, the principles of fairness behind their approach will remain the same and the wellbeing of their children will remain of paramount importance.

As the following weeks progress, there will undoubtedly be the need for lengthy negotiations between the couple and their legal team and, unfortunately, reaching an agreement out of court can be challenging.

Family mediation is an option widely used in the English legal system by divorcing couples looking to resolve financial disputes and various child-related matters between them.

This approach often minimises the associated costs and timescales of the legal process and it is far more beneficial for the children if parents can reach an agreement sooner rather than later.

These types of issues are faced by many divorcing or separating couples on a daily basis and the team at Coles Miller Solicitors has extensive experience of dealing with such issues.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of family law or divorce, or would simply like to find out which options are available to you, contact Richard Perrins at Coles Miller Solicitors.

This document is not intended to constitute and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice on any specific matter. No liability for the accuracy of the content of this document, or the consequences of relying on it, is assumed by the author. If you seek further information, please contact Managing Partner Neil Andrews at Coles Miller Solicitors LLP.