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A look at the celebrity divorce trend

Pennsylvania residents have probably heard about at least one of the big celebrity divorces that was announced over the past few months. So far this summer, couples Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton and Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have all announced that they were parting ways.

According to one former Hollywood publicist, celebrities often wait to announce an impending divorce until a time when they believe that the public will be less interested. Celebrities may announce their divorces in the summer because many people are outside, on vacation and generally not paying as much attention to Hollywood gossip. The ex-publicist said that the timing of a celebrity divorce announcement is usually well planned and could come months after the couple actually separated.

There may be other factors besides public relations to explain the slew of celebrity divorces this summer. During the summer, many people have more relaxed schedules that allow them to spend more time with family than at work. This change in focus can give some people time to think about problems that they might have in their marriage. For celebrities, marriages can often be stressed by the fact that everything they do is watched and scrutinized by the public.

Divorces are stressful even when a couple does not have to worry about the paparazzi. The end of a marriage can become particularly difficult when a couple has children or owns a business together. A lawyer may be able to help a spouse who is involved in a complex divorce case to ensure that the client's rights are asserted at negotiations and during court proceedings.

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