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having herself a big month — first she settled an ongoing lawsuit … and now she’s back on the market.

Joanna’s marriage to Romain Zago is officially over … and it’s hard to imagine a divorce going more smoothly. Neither side sought spousal support, and we’re told they split things up evenly — she keeps the L.A. pad and he gets the house in Miami. Romain also gets visitation rights … for their dogs. It is rare these days it seems that a divorce will go so smoothly.  However, if there are no children to set up visitation with and there is little to no property involved in the marriage then things are simple.  Even a lawsuit that was filed by Joanna that could bring financial reward to Joanna did not seem to stop the settlement of the divorce.

Spousal support would be be a big issue in a divorce where one party earns substantially more than the other spouse.  Romain Zago net worth is an $16 million.  He owns nightclubs including Mynt Lounge club in Miami Florida.  Joanna on the other hand has a net worth of 8 million dollars.  Therefore Romain would under normal circumstances have to pay Joanna spousal support.  It can be waived under California law.  Sometimes to avoid litigation with lawyers the parties agree on a number rather than prolong the fight in Court and settle out of Court and go their separate ways.  This seems to be the case of Joanna and Romain.

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.

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Supreme Court has determined that there is a time-related element involved in the ratification of prenuptial agreements.

In a decision filed on May 3, Justice Marcus Clark ruled that under Louisiana Civil Code Article 2331, proper acknowledgment of the parties’ signatures on the prenuptial agreement is required and the failure to make such acknowledgments prior to the marriage invalidates the agreement.

The plaintiff in the case, Danielle Deon Dickerson Acurio married Dr. Michael Thomas Acurio in 1998, but the couple divorced in 2000. Two years later, in 2002, the couple married again, but this time entered into a prenuptial agreement.

Ezekiel Elliott says the NFL got it 100% WRONG by concluding he attacked his girlfriend on 3 separate occasions — and vows to appeal his 6-game suspension for domestic violence accusations.

“Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL’s decision,” the Dallas Cowboys star’s camp said in a statement.

“The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence.”

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.

Michael Chow, the founder of Mr Chow restaurants, is looking at a table for one after 25 years of marriage … according to docs filed by his wife.

Michael Chow, son of Chinese Peking Opera Grand Master, Zhou Xinfang, opened the first Mr. Chow in Knightsbridge, London on February 14, 1968. A Beverly Hills, California location soon followed in 1974 and Midtown New York at 57th Street in 1978. In 2006 the fourth location in Tribeca, New York opened. In 2009 a location opened in South Beach Miami at the W Hotel, and another in Malibu, California in 2012 at the Malibu Country Mart. If anyone has ever eaten at Mr. Chow’s restaurant then you are missing out.  it is expensive, very expensive, however, it is truly an eating experience that will not be forgotten by anyone who enjoys progressive chinese food take. 

In 1999, Eurochow, a restaurant located in a $4-million restoration of a landmark domed building in Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles opened but closed by 2007.

Actors Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have filed for separation, according to statements posted on their official social media pages. Legal separation is almost a divorce however, a spouse cannot remarry.  The parties can divide the assets and pretend they are divorcing and even set child support payments.  In addition, people file legal separation to avoid jurisdictional requirements of the divorce.  In California there is a 6 months residency requirement to file a divorce.  I do not think that either party had difficulty with the residency requirement.  The legal separation may be the first step prior to a full blown divorce proceeding.  Some spouses like to start off slow.

“Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward,” Pratt posted on his Facebook page.  It seems from the statements that have been made to the public that both Chris and Anna are trying to put their child’s needs first and hopefully this will remain for the duration of their separation.
“We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”

After just seven months of marriage, the former Countess took to her Twitter account on Thursday to share that she and her husband of seven months, Tom D’Agostino, are calling it quits. “It’s with great sadness that Tom & I agreed to divorce,” she wrote. “We care for each other very much, hope you respect our privacy during this sad time!” A short term marriage brings on different issues for the divorce process. Often there is not enough property to split and therefore separating community property will not be as complicated. In addtion, the spousal support issues will be rather simple and too complicated.

Although her costars had voiced their doubts about the former couple’s relationship, they were stunned to learn about their decision to end their marriage after less than a year.

 “My heart goes out to Luann during this difficult time,” Tinsley Mortimer said . “In life, some people think that it’s holding on that makes one strong; however, sometimes it’s letting go.”

An American couple who claim they lost custody of their two young sons because of their ‘limited cognitive abilities’ are fighting back. The only Court in the State of California to terminate parental rights is the Juvenile Court under the Welfare and Institutions Code.

Amy Fabbrini, 31, and Eric Ziegler, 38, had their first child, Christopher, removed from their home about four years ago, shortly after he was born.

Fabbrini says Christopher was taken by the state after a friend accused Ziegler of “not picking up on (the baby’s) cues.”

Casey Affleck‘s wife of 9 years, Summer Phoenix, is filing for divorce, and according to her the split’s been a longtime coming.

Summer filed the divorce petition Monday in Los Angeles … citing irreconcilable differences. The couple has 2 sons — 13-year-old Indiana and 9-year-old Atticus. In the docs, she requests joint physical and legal custody of the boys. Joint physical custody means the couple will share equal time with the children and basically she is not fighting the time share. Legal custody deals with the descision making part of the custody arrangement. Both are important to the upbringing of the children.

In the docs, she lists their date of separation as November 2015 — although they didn’t announce the split until March 2016. Point is… things had long since been on the rocks when Casey won the Oscar for Best Actor earlier this year.