Our blog has already touched on Christina Aguilera’s divorce but a new development this week merits revisiting the story. According to TMZ and several other celebrity-tracking websites the pop star’s attorney has filed a motion seeking to have the assigned Los Angeles family law judge, Elia Weinbach of the Los Angeles Superior Court, dismissed from her Southern California divorce case.
Details of the petition filed by Aguilera’s legal team have not been released. This new development, however, highlights the importance of experienced representation for anyone embarking on a Los Angeles or Orange County divorce proceeding. Even clients who are familiar with the ins and outs of the court system are rarely familiar with individual judges in the way local attorneys are. An experienced Orange County divorce lawyer, once familiar with the details of a client’s case, is in the best position to know whether the judge assigned to oversee a particular action is well-suited to the task, or whether he or she may have a conflict of interest that warrants a request for recusal.
In Aguilera’s case, a divorce action that has barely begun already looks as though it may become drawn-out and contentious. Aguilera and her husband, Jordan Bratman, have been married for five years. In an interview cited by the website Singers Room.com, Aguilera is reported to have said that the break-up has not been easy. “There have been a lot of tears and sadness,” she said. The singer also said, however, that “out of respect for my husband” she planned to keep details of their California separation private. According to another celebrity website, ContactMusic, the couple have a two-year-old son.
Few divorces are truly easy, and no two are alike. That fact alone speaks to the importance of retaining an experienced Orange County divorce attorney as soon as you believe your relationship is headed for a break-up. The legal expertise, and specialized knowledge of the Orange County or Los Angeles family courts, that an Orange County divorce lawyer can apply to your case offers peace-of-mind at a time when many men and women find they most need confident, steady legal assistance.
ContactMusic.com: Aguilera’s Lawyer Seeks to Disqualify Divorce Judge
Singer’s Room: Christina Aguilera’s Team Wants New Judge in Divorce Case