When couples are able to come to agreement on the terms of their divorce by working together and participating in mediation, the end of a marriage can prove to be more amicable. A cooperative effort like this is called a collaborative divorce. Couples in Illinois and throughout the United States may be choosing this option for a more harmonious settlement agreement.
It some cases, a collaborative divorce can be a cheaper, quicker and easier way to reach an agreement on how to divide property, settle child custody or visitation issues and provide for alimony or spousal maintenance. This is because spouses are committed to dissolving a marriage peacefully and may be dedicated to finding win-win situations.
Typically, we hear about how bitter and volatile splits can be in Hollywood. Couples are vocal on marital issues and what the other person may have done wrong. It’s very important to know that not all marriages end like this, though.
Motown legend Stevie Wonder just filed for such a divorce with his wife Kai Millard Morris, who he married in 2003. The couple has been separated from since 2009, though. Wonder is a Grammy Award winning artist, and an icon in the music industry. He has requested that the media respect his family’s privacy during the divorce process.
According to reports, Wonder cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their divorce. He has asked a judge to sign an agreement specifying that Wonder and his former wife will have joint custody of their two children. The agreement also arranges for Wonder to pay child and spousal support to Morris. Wonder, who was married once before, also has five other children.
So far, the split seems respectful and amicable. Because they have been separated for a few years, the filing of divorce papers may come as no surprise to the couple or their families. And even though the divorce itself made headlines, there is no indication that Wonder or his wife have any desire to sensationalize the breakup.
Source: New York Daily News, “Stevie Wonder files for divorce,” Nancy Dillon, Aug. 3, 2012
See more here:
Music legend Stevie Wonder files for divorce