After weeks of rumors, Orange County resident Sandra Bullock has confirmed that she and husband Jesse James have filed for divorce. The couple’s split has been a hot topic in the celebrity press almost since the moment when Bullock picked up an Oscar for her film The Blind Side last February. Until this week, however, neither Bullock nor James had confirmed that they are splitting up.
Bullock made the remarks in an interview with People Magazine, which was also granted exclusive access to the baby she adopted earlier this year. Bullock and James have been in Orange County family court recently. James, a reality TV star, spent much of last year engaged in a bitter Orange County custody fight with an ex-wife who is also a former porn star. As I wrote about in an earlier post, he and Bullock won their Orange County child custody case concerning James’ five year old daughter shortly before Christmas.
According to celebrity news site TMZ, even though the couple live in Orange County their divorce papers were filed in Austin, Texas, Bullock’s hometown. In an effort to conceal the couple’s identity, TMZ reports that the papers identify Bullock and James only by their initials, which are reversed (i.e. B.A.S. for Sandra Annette Bullock instead of S.A.B.).
The public collapse of the Bullock-James marriage began shortly after their Orange County child custody court victory as word of serial infidelities by James, 41, surfaced earlier this year. He later entered rehab and issued a public apology to Bullock, 45, who, until now, has remained silent about the state of her marriage.
Few marriages, of course, end in as public and as messy a way as has been the case for Bullock and James. Still, their split holds lessons for the rest of us. Anyone considering an Orange County divorce could do well to emulate the careful, methodical way that Bullock has, according to numerous media reports, approached the dissolution of her marriage. An experienced and compassionate Orange County divorce lawyer can be your most important ally as you seek to navigate the family court system while protecting both your assets and your family.
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