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December 2012 Archives

3 Celebrity Divorces to Remember From 2012

With the end of the year approaching, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the celebrity divorces of 2012.

This year, we saw some high-profile celebrity divorces that we won't soon forget.

Let's start with the most high profile celebrity divorce of the year: TomKat. Alas, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes called it quits earlier this year after almost six years of marriage and one kid, Suri. The couple filed for divorce over the summer, with Holmes getting primary custody of Suri.

Ashton Kutcher Files for Divorce From Demi Moore (Finally!)

Finally, Ashton and Demi have divorce papers in the works! According to Reuters, Ashton Kutcher filed the papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday.

The Hollywood couple's split has been dragging on for quite some time. The two separated in November 2011 and until now, no divorce papers had been filed, leading some to speculate that the two were dragging their feet over money.

When they married six years ago, Kutcher's star was rising and Moore was seen as the primary breadwinner. But as time progressed, the couple's finances have changed a great deal.

Zooey Deschanel-Ben Gibbard Split is Final, No Alimony

"New Girl's" Zooey Deschanel is now a single lady.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the singing actress finalized her divorce from rocker Ben Gibbard this week.

But there won't be any alimony in this split. According to TMZ, both spouses waived their rights to alimony.

Deschanel reportedly has a net worth of $3 million -- not bad considering her career only started taking off recently, since the launch of her hit show "New Girl."

Bethenny Ever After? Maybe Not, As Divorce Rumors Swirl

Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel is rumored to be going through a divorce.

The news is still fresh, but as The Miami Herald reports, the star of "Bethenny Ever After" isn't enjoying her ever after. She has been photographed without a wedding ring and sans hubby Jason Hoppy, reports the Herald.

These rumors have been circulating for a while now, as a May 2012 article from RadarOnline talks about Frankel's "iron clad prenup".

Birth Father Wins Custody After Wife Secretly Gives Child Away

Can you imagine losing your child to adoption, without your consent? That's the nightmare that a former Texas father had to endure.

When Terry Achane and his wife Tira Bland split, they didn't sort out the custody details, it would seem. Bland was pregnant and Achane headed off to South Carolina.

Little did he know that Bland made plans for adoption. He only found out once his daughter was adopted by a Utah family. The girl was adopted by Jared and Kristi Frei. The Frei family has been ordered to turn the baby over to her birth father, but they plan to appeal the court's decision.

Bill and Karyn Frist Finalize Divorce, But Who Gets the Cow Head?

Politician divorces can get complicated, especially when they’re millionaires. Sometimes, the division of assets can be downright strange, for those of us who have minimal understanding of luxury trinkets and antiques.

Details of the Frist divorce are now public. The divorce settlement between Bill and Karyn Frist is reportedly 30 pages long and includes fine detail on how the couple plans to divide the assets, reports The Washington Post.

The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and his wife Karyn have finalized their divorce in a Tennessee court last week, writes The Nashville Scene.

33 Foster Kids Find Permanent Home on National Adoption Day

Thirty three children were adopted last week in Montgomery County on November 14, in commemoration of National Adoption Day, reports The Woodlands Villager.

These children came from foster homes and have been under the supervision of the Texas Children’s Protective Services.

Adoption day is a big day in Montgomery County. The county is a good one for foster kids, leading the state in foster care adoptions.

Sesame Street Tackles Thorny Issue of Divorce

Beloved children's TV show "Sesame Street" is tackling the complex issue of divorce.

With millions of children watching the television show daily, some would believe that the move makes sense. Others, however, feel the need to protect children from the more complex realities of life.

For their first try, "Sesame Street" brought the topic home in a very gentle way, casting Snuffy the Suffleupagus as the child going through the divorce of his parents, writes Time magazine.

Stop Having Kids, Judge Says

If you can't support your children, then shouldn't you stop having kids? That's the idea that a Wisconsin family court judge had, reports NBC News.

But is such an order infringing upon the fundamental right of a human to procreate? Corey Curtis was sentenced to three years of probation on Monday, writes NBC. His crime? Felony bail jumping and failure to pay child support.

Women Who Are Close to In-Laws Divorce More Often

Being close to the in-laws could be a reason for divorce.

A study reported in The Telegraph, cites that women who get along with their in-laws tend to divorce more often than those who don't necessarily enjoy the company of their in-laws.

That sounds strange. One would assume that getting along with the in-laws would be the recipe to a happy marriage, right? For men, that rings true. Men who have a positive relationship with their in-laws tend to divorce 20 percent less often than those who don't get along.