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Mel B’s estranged husband claims that she abuses “cocaine and alcohol

The explosive documents were filed by Stephen Belafonte in their nasty divorce case as he begged the judge to give him step-parent visitation with Mel B’s daughter Angel, and revealed the shocking details about her alleged drug use.

“The biggest reason for my concern with respect to the safety of the children was due to petitioners have habitual and consistent addition to and abuse of cocaine and alcohol,” it is reported.  Unfortunately the court system does not take lightly the accusations of alcohol abuse.  This is also not good if it is done in front of the children as alleged by Belafonte.   The way to remedy the issue of abuse of alcohol and drugs is to either have a drug test, parenting classes, drug classes or to a psychological evaluation.

Flip or Flop’ stars’ marriage flops

The reality show couple is on their way to officially parting ways.

“Flip or Flop” star Christina El Moussa filed for divorce from her estranged co-star husband Tarek six months after announcing their separation.

Jesse William’s wife says he is a reckless parent who has fits of rage and worries he exposes their kids to a “revolving door” of women according to new, explosive divorce docs. Normally child custody determinations are based on the best interest standard of review by the family law Court. There are a number of factors the court must address in order to determine what is the best interest of the children.  The age of the children is a big issue often when determining which parent will and can provide a more stable and more suitable placement for the children. However, Jesse and Aryn have two young children thus the Court will most likely intervene and have to make serious questions about the health safety and welfare of the children.

Girlfriends of an ex spouse are not determinative of bad parenting nor is it to be used against a parent who is in a relationship.  Courts normally will however look more critical to a parent who is not in a stable relationship and has several different relationships as a home life.  Once a an ex spouse settles down and marries then the Court will look more affirmatively about the stability that spouse can provide the children.

Aryn Drake-Lee has unloaded on the “Grey’s Anatomy” star, demanding sole custody for a variety of reasons. She says the children are being emotionally compromised because Jesse has exposed them to at least one intimate partner and possibly more. She wants the judge to order him to keep girlfriends away from the kids until he dates them for 6 months.  This arbitrary number Aryn Drake has requested in her moving papers to the Court is possibly reasonable depending on the situation and the amount of women Jesse is taking home.  Stability is the utmost importance to the children who are the product of a divorce.  And if they are young it is more important that they spend quality time with their father rather than different girlfriends every week.

David Ayer — the guy who wrote “Training Day,” “S.W.A.T.” and a bunch of other action thrillers and also directed “Suicide Squad” — wants out of his 14-year marriage. He is getting a divorce. A long term marriage and a high income earner are not good signs for a spouse after a long term marriage.  California often rewards low income earners in long term divorces.  David Ayer apparently earned millions with all of his films he wrote. These films were apparently box office successes.

Ayer collaborated on the screenplay for The Fast and the Furious in 2001. Ayer wrote the screenplay for crime drama Dark Blue, and it was his research into the Los Angeles Police Department that led to his most prominent screenplay, Training Day.  Training go Denzel Washington an Acadamy Award and also gave great notoriety to David Ayer.  Obviously with notoriety and fame comes money and this of course will be used agasint Ayer in his divorce with his soon to be ex wife of 14 years. Ayer signed a contract to write a screenplay for S.W.A.T., which was based on his original story pitch. The film was directed by Clark Johnson and released in 2003.

David filed for divorce Wednesday in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. He married Mireya on September 26, 2002 and lists the date of separation as July 29.

The wife of “Hot Felon” Jeremy Meeks broke her silence Sunday to say she plans to divorce her two-timing hubby.

Melissa Meeks, 38,  that seeing photos last week of her chisel-jawed better half smooching a British heiress last week were like a “dagger through the heart.”

“He kept saying, ‘I’m sorry, you didn’t deserve this,’” Melissa Meeks said he told her when he arrived to their Los Angeles home. “We talked about divorce. I told him I didn’t think the marriage could be saved. He agreed. The marriage is over.”

 Jessie Williams’ hoped for an amicable divorce but it has disappeard sooner that he wanted it to. Now he finds himself in a nasty custody fight with his estranged wife.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” star filed docs saying he went above and beyond to informally handle custody issues with Aryn Drake-Lee.  Often celebrity divorces can be very difficult to resolve so that the celebrity can be an equal participant in the raising of their child with the ex. Because of the schedule of acting and filming they cannot enter into a normal custody arrangement.  But they need a schedule that fitsl their career.  Jesse filed for divorce back in April and we were told things were civil. But Jesse says it’s now turned into a legal war. Often one parent can feel entitlted to be the primary parent and doesnt want to give up control of the children.  However, it is important to give frequent and continuing contact with the children.

Jesse is asking to get more time with 3-year-old Sadie and 2-year-old Maceo, claiming Aryn only lets him see them shy of 3 hours a day and she refuses to allow sleepovers. This type of behavior often befits an alienator parent who seeks to brain wash the children away from the other parent.  It can be a significant impairment toward a normal healthy parental time with the other parent. A mental health professional often can help if it is in time and the children have not grown to old. A child custody evaluation would be the correct use of a expert.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor shocked fans  when they made the announcement that they were calling it quits on their marriage after a whopping 17 years together! Despite having seemed like the most perfect Hollywood couple with their two children, the duo still failed to hold their matrimony together. But why did the famous couple decide to go their separate ways? This is long marriage according to Hollywood standards.  17 years is a lifetime and in Hollywood it is more than a lifetime.  Possibly the length of marriage has to do with Ben Stiller and his parents who had a lengthy marriage and maybe he was influenced by their morally strong approach to marriage. 

The couple also had been in many movies together so it is possible they just had been tide together for too long and after nearly two decades it was time to go their separate ways.

The two children of Ben Stiller and Christine Taylors’ marriage are 11 year old Quinlan and 15 year old Ella.  Apparently they have been very cooperative with the details of the divorce so the time share arrangement does not seem to be a problem and child custody litigation might not be on the horizon which is a blessing for the young children.

Paul Anka did it his way — and now he has sole custody of his son Ethan, 11. For a father to retain custody of a minor child against a mother who is much younger is very different.  Paul Anka is a 75 year old musician who is well known for his songs. A Ventura superior family law Court awarded Anka sole physical custody of his minor child. 
His ex-wife, former Miss Sweden Anna Åberg, is barred from having any contact with their boy. This Court order denying any contact is very extreme and must have been ordered soley on the basis that the Judge in the family law court felt she was violating his court orders.

It’s the greatest day of my life. This was all about protecting Ethan. The system has worked,” Anka — the 75-year-old musician who wrote one of Frank Sinatra’s biggest hits, “My Way” — told me.

Ron White the famous comedian best known for a comedy touring group who alongside Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall became very famous back in 2003.  Ron White’s wife is filing for divorce from Ron White, and it looks like the length of their union will be a major point of contention.  Length of marriage is an an important factor in many divorces.  The reason being is that in divorces you need to divide property according to the length of the marriage.  If parties were married more than ten years in California they can seek special treatment regarding spousal support.  A life time support award can be ordered by the Court if necessary to make the parties equal based on their standard of living.

In the case of Margo Rey who filed a divorce petition last week in Los Angeles and is saying she and Ron white had been separated since May 8. Another major reason the date of separation might be an issue is that of dividing a pension or retirement account.  The time rule is an important rule that courts use to determine how much one spouse gets from the other spouse when dividing the community interest in retirements. Margo Rey got married to Ron White in October 2013 and has no children with him.

Another issue that is not commonly seen in Courts deals idea of a Common Law marriage which she states started in Texas in 2008.  That would then give her over ten years of marriage and therefore lifetime spousal support.  In Texas, a couple can be considered married in the eyes of the law if they live together as husband and wife and hold themselves out in public as a married couple. Margo says she wants Ron to pay spousal support. It’s likely she raised the common law issue so the marriage would pre-date 2013 by 5 years, thus entitling her to more spousal support.  In California there is such an allegation of a Putative spouse doctrine.  Where parties hold themselves out as married and believe they are married but for the official ceremony and certificate.  Usually this comes up with voidable marriages where parties assert they are married really despite a void marriage.