Written by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:04
It seems many A-list celebrities and reality TV personalities cannot keep the knot tied and suddenly call it quits, leaving the public to wonder whether or not there's a happily ever after for any Hollywood stars. Who could forget Britney Spears and Jason Alexander's famous 55-hour marriage in Las Vegas or the shocking split between Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, Atlanta's own Porsha Williams and Kordell Stewart and more recently, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin?
Celebrity Divorce Facts and Figures
The repercussions of celebrity divorces are incredible. Settlements for a celebrity divorce can cost millions of dollars in addition to the division of assets including:
- Jewelry and;
- Vacation homes.
Some of the most expensive celebrity divorce settlements include:
- Lionel and Diane Richie with an estimated settlement of $20 million
- Michael and Diandra Douglas with an estimated settlement of $45 million
- Paul McCartney and Heather Mills with an estimated settlement of $49 million
- Michael and Juanita Jordan with an estimated settlement of $168 million
Many people view celebrity divorces as completely different from an average divorce. The biggest difference is that during this difficult time, the media works hard to air out celebrities' dirty laundry for the world to see.
Celebrities Are Just Like Us
Lack of communication and trust are two major reasons celebrities file for divorce. These two issues spell out a marriage doomed for failure. From a celebrity's perspective, media can easily be held accountable for divorce. If a spouse is gullible and believes everything he or she reads in the tabloids and on social media, they may be influenced to contemplate divorce. For 10 reasons why marriages end in divorce, click here to read an earlier blog.
If gossip, public media, and social media are affecting a current or looming divorce, be sure to openly communicate this information to your divorce attorney immediately. Your divorce attorney may use this information to support your legal case and this could possible affect the outcome of your divorce.
Contact the Divorce & Family Law Attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor Today
If you need help understanding the Georgia divorce process, your legal options, and the possible outcomes of your divorce, the Atlanta divorce attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor are ready to help you. We will use the right mix of compassion and candor to help you set realistic expectations and achieve your personal and family goals.
With four convenient offices located in Alpharetta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, and Marietta, we have been proudly serving the Atlanta metropolitan area since 1988.
To schedule a consultation today, call us at 678-824-1158 or click here to complete a contact form.
Written by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Monday, 10 March 2014 09:49
According to the New York Times, more Americans 50 and older are divorced than widowed. A half a century ago, 2.8% of Americans age 50 and older were divorced. By 2000, 11.8% were. In 2011, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 15.4% were divorced, another 2.1% separated, and 13.5% widowed.
Based on those statistics, the divorce rate among people 50 and older has doubled since 1990. That's a significant increase since half the married U.S. population is older than 50.
Why are Couples 50 & Older Divorcing?
Family history professor Stephanie Coontz of Evergreen State College in Washington State attributes the trend to the fact that many boomers are on their second and third marriages, making them more prone to divorce.
Coontz also suggests that people who live an active and healthy lifestyle are more likely to divorce their spouse. Coontz commented in the New York Times article, "If you are healthy at age 65, you can expect another healthy 20 years. With the kids gone, it seems more burdensome to stay in a bad relationship, or one that has gone stale."
What are the Implications of Divorcing Older in Life?
Divorce among older Americans can have serious implications including:
• Placing a larger burden on children and family members;
• Financials including investments, social security, survivor and tax benefits and;
• Emotional impact at an older age and inability to move forward in life.
How to Handle a 'Gray Divorce'
Finalizing your divorce can turn ugly in an extended battle over financials and child custody and child support (especially if children under the age of 18 are involved). It is best to contact an experienced divorce AND family law attorney. Your attorney will have your best interests in mind and you will know what to expect for your divorce case as well as your legal options and rights.
Contact Atlanta Divorce Attorneys Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor Today
The experienced divorce attorneys of Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor will work closely with you to understand your needs, review your rights and options, consider creative alternatives, and prepare a sound legal strategy for your divorce and family law case.
To schedule a consultation with the attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor today, call (678) 905-8492 or completing our simple contact form.
Source: Divorce After 50 Grows More Common - NYTimes.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/fashion/weddings/divorce-after-50-grows-more-common.html
Written by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Friday, 24 January 2014 11:00
If you live in Atlanta, our team of divorce and family law attorneys cordially invites you to our seminar at our Alpharetta office on Wednesday, February 19th, 7:30 AM AND Tuesday, February 25th at 7:30 AM: Introduction to Divorce - What to Expect.
During this one-hour interactive breakfast seminar, you will gain a basic understanding of Georgia divorce options, expectations and responsibilities - for today and in the future. You will also learn about how to prepare for the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of divorce.
What You Need To Know
Our Associate Attorney, Randy Sabatini, will be our lead speaker and will cover a number of relevant divorce topics including:
- Making the best decision for you and your family - questions to ask yourself and others
- Understanding your options - what to do and plan, regardless of your decision
- Common myths and misconceptions - the process, finances, child custody, and support
- Court alternatives - including mediation and collaborative law
- Coping with the stress and emotions - how to react, recover, and rebuild
- Other resources and support available to you - counseling, support groups, etc.
After the seminar, our attorneys will be available to answer your general or personal questions. This is a small group environment, so attendance is limited to 10.
Here are the event details:
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AND Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Location: Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor - Alpharetta Office (near NorthPoint Mall)
11175 Cicero Drive, Building 200, Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Speaker: Randy Sabatini, Sr. Attorney
Register for Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor’s Intro to Divorce Seminar Today
For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Stacy Johnson by phone at (770) 308-5376 or email
Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor will confirm that no conflicts exist with current clients or among seminar attendees. Your information will be kept confidential.
Written by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Monday, 13 January 2014 09:29
In Loriann Hoff Oberlin’s “Surviving Separation and Divorce,” Oberlin shares her story of taking back her life after divorce and the journey she had to go through from rebuilding her self-esteem, developing an active social life, to dealing with lawyers and the court system.
Unless you have experience dealing with the legal system, you may find the process to be very complicated and costly. At Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, we serve as your advocates, walking you through every step of the Georgia divorce process and helping you understand your options and potential outcomes of your divorce case.
In Oberlin’s book, she outlines her top legal mistakes made in divorce, and in this entry, we’d like to share with you five common legal mistakes.
Crucial Mistakes That Can Be Made During Divorce
1. Allowing your emotions to get the best of you. Don’t let your emotions take control of your divorce. Be proactive rather than reactive during your divorce. You will risk sabotaging your case if you are too anxious, jump to conclusions, or don’t think things through during divorce proceedings.
2. Forgetting details, documents, and facts. This goes back to a past entry from our Associate Attorney, Jenni Brown. In a divorce case, preparing a timeline is crucial for both you and your attorney. A timeline provides evidence and reliable documentation of every detail and fact. This will help your case rather than hinder it.
3. Withholding information from your attorney. Some people don’t trust their attorney, even though they’re there to represent you and have your best interests in mind. When you meet with an attorney, see if they can fully answer your questions and you feel comfortable working with them. After all, they’re going to be with you every step of your legal journey. If you want your attorney to do a great job, you need to be transparent and tell them everything.
4. Being your attorney’s worst enemy and hindering your case. If you start pestering your attorney and contacting them multiple times a day, you will hinder your case and alienate the one person who is there to help you. Be proactive by asking your attorney how you can best help them.
5. Having unrealistic expectations. Many people believe that if they’re the victim of their divorce that they deserve everything and their ex deserves nothing at all. That’s just not the case. When children, assets, finances, and property are in dispute, demands must be made in a reasonable manner. Remember, Georgia is an equitable division state, and marital property is divided equitably or fairly to both parties, not just one of the parties.
Contact Our Experienced Atlanta Divorce Attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor Today
You don’t need to go through the divorce process alone. Our team of experienced divorce and family law attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor will help you discuss your case, understand the Georgia divorce process, your options and rights, and help you through this process.
With four offices in Alpharetta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, and Marietta, we proudly service our clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Call us at 678-905-8492 or complete a contact form to schedule a consultation with our team today.