Actress Mayim Bialik, known for her role on the TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” has recently finalized her divorce from her husband of 10 years, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, who had married in a traditional Jewish ceremony, are preparing to co-parent their two sons in different households after the divorce. Bialik has received a great deal of publicity for her views on parenting, and has a degree in neuroscience.
Child custody is often an issue in divorces, as courts will make decisions regarding child placement according to the child’s best interests. This is not always easy to determine. Courts will examine factors such as the lifestyle of the parents, any relocation involved and the physical and mental health of the parents. Spouses may be found to be unfit parents if they have drug or alcohol issues or if there is a history of domestic violence. In deciding parental visitation the party that has custody of the children has greater power to influence the time and duration of visitation. The divorcing spouses must work together to set up a reasonable visitation schedule for the children, something that is not easy, particularly if the divorce is acrimonious.
Another issue, particularly relevant for celebrities such as Mayim Bialik, is the division of assets. This is particularly relevant because celebrities may have greater monetary and property assets to distribute. Courts will typically distribute marital property along the lines of equity and fairness between the spouses, but that is also not always clear, due to the fact that some property may be owned jointly by the divorcing spouses. This is another issue where spouses should draw up a plan to distribute the marital assets fairly.
Divorce can be a tough and painful issue for all involved, particularly if there are children in the family. Fortunately, the parties have the ability to set up a fair system to divide the marital property between them and to set up a system of custody and visitation so that both parents may see the children. Divorce need not be as painful as it is for many due to the availability of legal tools to help both parties.
Source: Examiner.com, “‘The Big Bang Theory’ Actress Mayim Bialik finalizes divorce,” Tiffany Bailey, May 28, 2013