Basketball fanatics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, may not be surprised to hear that New York Knicks' point guard Raymond Felton has been served with divorce papers. According to reports, Felton's wife is seeking to end their marriage after 19 months.
An NBA player's divorce case is likely to be highly publicized if it proceeds along the path of traditional litigation. Just like any divorce case, high-profile couples face several issues, which may include property division and spousal support. A prenuptial agreement drafted before the marriage will be honored by the family law judge as long as it is well-written and signed amicably and without duress.
However, the details of a divorce case need not be made public. Divorcing couples planning to settle their cases amicably and privately can choose mediation or collaborative law. By using these alternative methods, couples can negotiate by talking through issues and tailoring a divorce settlement based on their wants and needs, without interference from a family law judge. Mediation or collaborative law uses a neutral third party, such as a mediator, to help spouses address divorce issues. Divorcing couples can retain their own legal professionals throughout the process to ensure that their best interests are protected.
Each divorce case and outcome is different and divorcing individuals should not relate their situation to the experiences of friends or relatives who had been through divorce. It is imperative to focus on the divorce issues at hand and set aside emotions. Keeping emotions intact during this difficult time can ensure a swift settlement.
Source: Sports World News, "Raymond Felton divorce: Ariane Raymundo files for split after just 19 months; marital issues; trade talks involving Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague, Rajon Rondo ruining Knicks' season? [video]," Raimundo Ortiz, Feb. 19, 2014