Celebrity divorces provide unique insights into the world of divorce in the United States. These cases are examined in close detail, and they include interesting and unique aspects that are often lacking in “common” divorces. A litigated divorce is never truly private, and many are curious about the details of a celebrity divorce. But what can these divorces tell us about the legal system as a whole?

Disputes Can Arise After Divorces are Finalized

On July 14th, it was reported that Angeline Pivarnick and Chris Larangeira had finalized their divorce – only to launch back into a feud less than a month later. The feud arose after Chris accused his ex of not paying him $22,000 – which was allegedly part of a divorce settlement she was ordered to pay. The marriage was on-and-off, and while Angelina was the first to file for divorce back in 2021, they eventually reconciled. However, Chris then filed for divorce in May due to irreconcilable differences. 

Tom Vitale Challenges the Validity of His Prenuptial Agreement with Valerie Bertinelli

Celebrities are well-known for having prenuptial agreements, as these documents protect high-earning figures against unwelcome financial fallout due to divorces. But these prenuptial agreements can still be challenged in court. This occurred in July of 2022, when it was revealed that Tom Vitale had challenged his prenup with Valerie Bertinelli. As a result, Bertinelli is now requesting a separate trial that will cover the question of whether or not this prenup is valid. 

If the trial goes ahead, it would mean that the divorce proceedings cannot continue until the court officially rules on whether the prenuptial agreement is valid. Vitale is asking for $50,000 in monthly spousal support, plus $200,000 to cover his legal fees. It remains to be seen how this situation will be resolved. 

John Paulson’s Wife Wants $1 Billion in Divorce Settlement

On July 7th, it was reported that the wife of billionaire John Paulson had demanded a divorce settlement of $1 billion. She also alleged that the hedge fund manager set up a “secretive web of trusts” in an effort to conceal funds from her. If this is true, then Paulson has committed serious financial misconduct. Concealing assets during a divorce is illegal, and those who attempt this face severe consequences if caught. 

Allegedly, these “secret trusts” were created during a seven-year period between 2001 and 2009 – almost immediately after John Paulson married Jenny Paulson. She also claims that she only found out about the impending divorce when she read an article in a tabloid magazine, and that she was “completely blindsided by the existence of Paulson’s young Brazilian girlfriend. The divorce battle between these two spouses rages on, and it seems as though Jenny Paulson is intent on walking away with a considerable sum of money. If her allegations are true, then these secret trusts could be uncovered, and she could get the settlement she wants.