Santa Barbara Divorce Filing Withdrawn by Chynna Phillips

Your consultation with a Los Angeles or Orange County divorce lawyer is only the first step on what can often be a long, and indirect, road. A reminder of this truism came from the celebrity world last week when 80s pop star Chynna Phillips withdrew her Los Angeles County divorce petition and, apparently, got back together with husband Billy Baldwin. This flip-flop was remarkably quick, even by celebrity standards. According to E! Online, a spokeswoman for Phillips confirmed that the Southern California divorce petition, filed on a Friday, was withdrawn the following Monday.

Santa Barbara-based Phillips and Baldwin have been married for 18 years, according to the celebrity-tracking website PopEater. Phillips has recently returned to her family after a stint in rehab but, according to E!, her decision to change her mind after filing for California divorce came as a surprise to Baldwin. The couple have three children, ages 10, 8 and 5.

The Phillips/Baldwin split/reunion is a reminder that the path to a Los Angeles or Orange County divorce is just as likely to be circuitous as it is straight. Ending one’s marriage is a momentous, and often difficult, decision; one that should not be taken lightly. Consulting with an Anaheim, Orange or Costa Mesa divorce lawyer does not oblige anyone to move ahead with a California divorce. It can, however, be especially helpful as a way of getting an initial sense of where you will be personally and financially should you go ahead with an Orange County Divorce petition. Contacting an Orange County divorce attorney does not oblige you to break up with a spouse – but it is a crucial step if you suspect a break-up may be coming.

PopEater: Chynna Phillips Withdraws Billy Baldwin Divorce Papers

E! Online: Chynna Phillips and Billy Baldwin Divorcing! Oops, False Alarm