It's pretty common knowledge that 2015 was the ultimate worst for love. Cruel cheating allegations, turbulent relationships and shattered marriages flooded in from all over the celebrity world, with A-list couples waving long-term commitment right, left and center.
And now with 2016 well underway, we should probably prepare for the next onslaught of break-ups and divorces. Thankfully, there are enough top legals in the business to ensure the process goes semi-smoothly for the heartbroken elite. In case you're interested, lawyer Laura Wasser (who has worked with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani and the Kardashian sisters) has shared some snippets of information regarding prenups, settlements and custody arrangements -- here's what we've learnt:
1. Break-ups are expensive
A lawyer can charge a whopping $850 an hour, with Wasser herself revealing that she also requires a "$25,000 retainer and rarely represents people who have less than $10 million." Wow.
2. Stars are often too lovestruck to negotiate deals before marriage
Wasser reveals the dangers of this:
“I mean, love, honor, and obey -- OK, fine, whatever. But the point is the minute you get married in the state of California, every dollar you earn, every page of that novel you write, every painting you paint is communal property. It’s half-owned by your spouse.”
Preparing for the worst is wise -- what a mood-killer!
3. Celebrities try to announce break-ups at the same time
Yep, and you've guessed it, it's to ensure that not all attention is on them. Wasser says:
"I’ll tell my clients, 'I have someone else, I can’t say who, but you should really wait and file at the same time."
Is this why Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split up at almost exactly the same time as Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, I wonder?
4. Divorce settlements are usually already in place when the announcement goes public
In fact, divorces are often filed over a year before the news hits the papers. Melanie Griffith, for example, once admitted that her lawyers had been working on her divorce from Antonio Banderas for over a year before making it known -- she said:
“When we did file it, there were some personal things that were agreed upon by Antonio and myself that we had removed from the official papers so they wouldn’t get out.”
5. More celebrity splits are on the way!
According to Wasser, she's working on at least 45 cases right now, with several to be filed in March right after the Oscars. Why? Because her clients would rather wait than walk the red carpet alone.
I wonder who the next victims of love will be...
Who do you predict will break up next?