Sadly, approximately 40% to 50% of all married couples end up getting a divorce in the United States. The majority of these relationships end behind closed doors; family members and friends offer their help, and people move on. When the couple that’s ending their relationship involves two of the most famous actors on the planet, however, it’s a little different.
For many couples, the divorce proceedings can take months or over a year if the couple fails to agree on the terms of the divorce. According to E News, one of the most iconic divorce wars is raging on more than two years after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. The couple is still trying to figure out terms of custody and a deadline is approaching for them to figure out what they want, otherwise, a judge will make these custody decisions on for them.
Their long-term custody battle involves their six children; Maddox, Shiloh, Knox, Vivienne, Pax, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt.
“The last two years of their lives have been very difficult and stressful,” said a source close to the former A-list couple. “The kids are aware of what’s going on. They’re old enough to get it and it hasn’t been good for anyone.”
At the moment, December 4 is the target date for the two stars to come to a custody agreement, otherwise an additional trial date will be set for a final decision.
Though high-profile breakups might come with some added stress, any divorce is complicated and difficult. Couples nearing the end of their relationships are now consulting with divorce coaches in order to receive professional assistance.
According to The Pyramid, divorce coaches are different from divorce lawyers and offer all kinds of great advice for couples struggling with the entire process.
“The goal of a divorce coach is to try to make the divorce as smooth and painless as possible,” said Pegotty Cooper, co-founder of Divorce Coaching Inc.
Cooper lists the following reasons why a divorce coach is key to a successful breakup:
- Money is limited
- Emotional support
- The divorce is complicated
- There are various issues to resolve
“Divorces are huge emotional events, and sometimes friends and relatives mean well but they will push people in the wrong direction,” Cooper adds. “A professional and caring divorce coach can reduce the stress and help the person get on with their life.”