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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom officially divorced

Three years after TV reality star Khloe Kardashian first filed for divorce, a Los Angeles judge has approved the dissolution of her marriage with former NBA player Lamar Odom.

Although the decision was released last Friday, the court document states the couple’s marriage will be legally dissolved December 17, along with their joint company, Khlomar. Both Kardashian and Odom waived spousal support as part of their agreement.

Kardashian initially filed for divorce last December 2013, but she called it off when Odom was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel due to a drug and drinking binge. After the couple’s reconciliation, she filed another petition seeking to end their marriage. She cited “irreconcilable differences.” The two did not have any children but were married for more than four years.

If you or someone you know is going through a stressful divorce, get in touch with a reliable lawyer from the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq.. We have the skills and knowledge to properly represent you in court and protect your rights throughout the legal process. Contact us at (732) 898-2378 to learn more about our practice.

Chris Rock now single after 20 years of marriage

Chris Rock is now single after filing for divorce at a New Jersey courthouse.

After 20 years of marriage, Chris and estranged wife Malaak both made a court appearance on Monday, August 22 before a judge and finalized their divorce. The couple married in 1996 and have 2 children, ages 12 and 14. It is also reported that there’s a third child — Ntombi, an 8-year-old from South Africa who was less than a year old when she began living with the Rock family. Chris has remained in constant contact with his 2 kids since the couple parted ways in 2014. Although the terms of the settlement is not publicly known, the case does appear to be closed.

There is no doubt that divorce is one of the most challenging things that can result from a marriage. At the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., we are prepared to help make your divorce quick and painless. Contact us at (732) 898-2378 to discuss your situation and learn more about our family law practice.

How is the cost of a divorce determined?

The cost of a divorce can range from inexpensive to millions of dollars. Some of what impacts the cost of a divorce is the couples’s financial status, but other considerations can come into play as well. Factors that will determine how much money it takes to get divorced include:

  • The relationship between the divorcing parties. The more contentious the divorce, the more expensive it will be.  A rare amicable case will cost the parties very little.
  • Whether it is necessary to engage the Court’s assistance in resolving issues the parties cannot resolve before going to trial. The attorney will bill for each motion/cross-motion, reply and court appearance that is required, by the hour.
  • The size of the marital estate. If accounting experts need to get involved in order to trace or value assets, the the divorce may cost more.

The precise cost of a divorce cannot be predicted, and costs can vary widely among different litigants and cases. Contact the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. at (732) 898-2378 to discuss the details of your situation with an experienced legal professional.

Manhattan judge rules in favor of billionaire Steven Cohen in divorce case

Loretta Preska, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan recently decided a divorce case in favor of American billionaire Steven Cohen.

Reports claimed that the 59-year-old hedge fund manager and Point72 Asset Management founder was accused of fraud by his former spouse, Patricia Cohen. Patricia reportedly claimed in a 2009 lawsuit that Steven concealed assets from her, so she was pursuing charges to acquire half of the $5.5 million and interests. Chief Judge Loretta Preska decided in favor of Steven due to Patricia’s weak evidence regarding the claim. Judge Preska also said that because Patricia waited so long to file the lawsuit (even though she had such suspicions of fraud in 1991 and 2006), the statute of limitations on the case ran out. Steven Cohen’s spokesperson told reporters that they “were pleased with the court’s thorough and thoughtful decision.”

Divorce is a complicated and emotional proceeding, especially if there are large assets involved. If you are going through a divorce in Monmouth County, the legal team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. may be able to represent you. Call our office at (732) 898-2378 to find out what we can do to ease this difficult process. We also serve people in Ocean and Middlesex Counties.

Gwen Stefani’s divorce finalized

Singers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale finalized their divorce in early April. The couple was married for nearly 13 years. Court documents describe the reason for their divorce as “irreconcilable differences”. Since their split, Stefani began dating “The Voice” co-star and country singer, Blake Shelton.

Stefani and Rossdale agreed to split their interests, giving Stefani interest in her band No Doubt, while Rossdale will have full interest in his band Bush. Under this arrangement, Stefani will walk away with more money. The two also decided on joint custody of their three sons, ages 9, 7, and 2. They agreed that spousal and child support was unnecessary in their situation.

Divorce can be a long, stressful process, even for non-celebrity couples. However, an experienced and compassionate divorce attorney can help ease the tension and stress during this process. Contact our caring and skilled divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. by calling (732) 898-2378 today for a confidential consultation.

Yolanda Hadid and David Foster Announce Divorce

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Yolanda Hadid and David Foster shocked fans by announcing their divorce this week.  The announcement was released the same day as the premiere of the new season of the reality show, with cast members saying they did not see the split coming.  Hadid herself expressed shock at Foster’s divorce request but stated she still loved him, hoping they would become good friends one day.

While the true cause of the divorce has not yet been revealed, Hadid has said that her chronic Lyme disease took its toll on their relationship.  She stated she was incapable of being the socialite she once was but shared that it was out of her control due to her illness.  Foster has taken care of Hadid since she was diagnosed, but at times would become impatient with the situation.  The couple has publicly stated that they will continue to support each other as well as their children.

Just as Hadid and Foster, countless couples face the difficult and complicated process of divorce.  If you are in need of legal representation during your separation, the Monmouth attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. have the experience necessary to guide you through your case.  Contact our offices at (732) 898-2378 to learn more.

Divorce is final for McPhee and Cokas

Singer and actress Katharine McPhee, 31, was officially divorced from her husband, Nick Cokas, on February 8. The two were married in 2008 and have been separated since March 2013, according to court documents. McPhee filed for divorce in 2014. McPhee and Cokas have no children together.

Cokas was granted spousal support and he will be receiving $400,000 from McPhee every year. He will also be receiving half of the money earned through McPhee’s deal with Columbia/Epic Records and earnings from songs she created during their marriage. All of their assets have been divided. Cokas will keep the 2013 Jeep Wrangler and McPhee will get the couple’s 2012 Mercedes-Benz SUV.

McPhee will keep her earnings from her previous shows and tours.

It is always a difficult and sensitive time when dealing with a separation or a divorce. If you are in New Jersey and are considering filing for a divorce, please speak with our lawyers at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq.. Call our office at (732) 898-2378 to learn more.

Rowan Atkinson’s wife cited “unreasonable behavior” in divorce proceedings

Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson was granted a divorce from his wife of 24 years, Sunetra Atkinson, last month by the district judge of London’s Central Family Court. The pair married in 1990, has two children, and separated in 2014. The ex-couple was reportedly building another home together when they separated and the two have since been living apart in their own houses.

Sunetra cited Rowan’s “unreasonable behavior” in the minute-long divorce proceedings, after he left her for a younger woman.

Unreasonable behavior is common grounds for divorce, said Slater and Gordon’s head of family law, Andrew Newbury, though the case will not be final until Sunetra applies for a decree absolute six weeks after the issuing date of the decree nisi.

Divorce is an extremely complicated process, and if you are considering ending your marriage, you need an experienced attorney by your side to ensure that your rights are protected. For the dedicated help you need, contact the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling our offices today at (732) 898-2378.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas divorce finalized

The divorce of actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith has officially been finalized. The two stars’ final divorce comes after Griffith filed in June of 2014 after 18 years of marriage. According to the divorce agreement, Banderas is reportedly being required to pay up to $55,000 a month in spousal support to Griffith; however, he will be able to keep a substantial amount of money earned from his acting and directing career. Griffith will reportedly keep their house in Aspen as well. They also divided other assets, including profits from their Los Angeles mansion.

Despite the financial implications of the divorce, the couple has spoken out about remaining close friends after running a business and starring in films together during their marriage. This marks the end of Griffith’s fourth marriage and Banderas’ second.

Divorces, such as the one between Griffith and Banderas, are a struggle that many couples endure. At the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., our Monmouth legal team is dedicated to helping couples going through divorce deal with the often frustrating and emotional legal proceedings. Call our offices today at (732) 898-2378 to learn more about how we can help you.

Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco announces split from husband

After a whirlwind romance of six months that led to a New Year’s Eve wedding in 2013, actress Kaley Cuoco, 29, is separating from her husband of 21 months, tennis player Ryan Sweeting, 28.

Cuoco’s representatives said that the decision to divorce was made mutually. Despite the fact that Cuoco had been actively shutting down divorce rumors since April of this year, signs of tension between the couple surfaced before the announcement was made, with both Cuoco and Sweeting deleting photos of one another on their social media accounts. Cuoco cited “irreconcilable differences” in the court documents.

Filing for divorce can be an incredibly difficult time for those involved, and emotions and tensions typically run high during the separation process. Because of this, divorcing couples are generally advised to seek legal representation from an experienced divorce attorney in order to protect their individual interests. If you are considering separating from your spouse, contact the New Jersey divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling (732) 898-2378 to discuss your situation today.