Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us!

The glamorous life of a celebrity. An ATM in the living room, luxurious lodging and freedom from the issues of the “common people”.

Not so much.

When it comes to divorce, celebrities face the same legal issues as any other person. They face tremendous financial changes and threats to their relationship with their children.

These issues will be crucial in the divorce proceedings involving Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

According to a report from TMZ the battle lines have been drawn in this divorce. Angelina Jolie is seeking full custody of the couple’s six children, and Brad is prepared to fight for joint custody in lieu of visitation.

In almost all cases, judges prefer to grant some form of joint custody based on the fact that having both parents around is in the best interest of children. There are exceptions to this, particularly where dangers to the children are present such as physical abuse or substance abuse.

That’s where this case gets interesting. According to the story, “Jolie maintains Pitt has an anger problem which is exacerbated by weed and alcohol” and she has accused Pitt of striking their 15-year-old son while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

We will be keeping an eye on this divorce case as it unfolds but one thing is certain. With their tremendous assets, six children and allegations of abuse, their divorce will highlight many of the issues facing divorcing couples of all incomes and backgrounds.