Not all celebrity divorces end up in ugly, drawn-out court battles, even when there are considerable assets to be divided. Particularly when there are children involved, many famous couples, like most regular folks, just want to end the marriage and move on with their lives.
Actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt seem to fall into that category. The famous couple announced their separation last year -- eight years after they tied the knot. Last December, they filed identical divorce papers. Both cited the reason for the break-up as irreconcilable differences.
This month, it was reported that Faris's attorney has filed papers to seek to take the divorce out of the Los Angeles courts and appoint a private judge to assist the couple in finalizing their divorce. The celebrity website TMZ has reported that the two will share custody of their 6-year-old son and will rely on the terms of their prenuptial agreement in the division of their property.
Earlier this year, Pratt, known for movies including Guardians of the Galaxy, summed up his feelings about divorce from the star of the television show Mom in a way that many couples could probably relate to: "Divorce sucks." He also noted that "at the end of the day, we've got a great kid who's got two parents who love him very much. And we're finding a way to navigate this while still remaining friends and still being kind to one another."
Faris's attorney also represents the female half of another famous divorcing couple -- Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. She has reportedly made the same type of motion to take that case out of LA's backlogged court system.
While a private judge may not be an affordable option for all couples, you and your estranged spouse can work to divorce with a minimum of conflict and stress if you agree on your priorities -- like doing what's best for your kids. Having a prenuptial agreement in place can help provide a solid framework for your settlement.