On December 30, 2011 Russell Brand filed for divorce from his wife of 14 months, Katy Perry. It was in October 2010 that the couple surprised much of the public by marrying in a ceremony in India. The news of their plans to permanently split a little more than a year later also caught many by surprise. However, just six weeks later, a judge granted their petition.
In many ways this celebrity divorce is the exception:
- A public couple surprised many by announcing their plans to divorce.
- They did not have a pre-nupital agreement.
- They avoided disparaging one another in the media after announcing their plans.
- Neither apparently engaged high-powered attorneys to represent them.
- They worked together to come to terms their divorce settlement, resolving all of the financial terms of their marriage and split.
- Their process lasted less than 6 weeks…40 days, actually.
The terms of Russell Brand and Katy Perry’s divorce are confidential. In fact, other than those with whom they choose to share the specifics we will never know the specifics of the settlement or how they arrived at their resolution.
It may be that they arrived at the divorce settlement terms through private conversation between themselves. It may be that worked with a neutral third party mediator.
However Brand and Perry arrived at the resolution, they have, through their divorce, demonstrated the feasibility of a peaceful and positive resolution. By focusing on the resolution and not the hurt, disappointment, and conflict they have completed a public divorce in absolute private. They spent little. Once they made their decision, they created and filed their divorce settlement in 40 days.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand can now focus on their individual futures. Allowing themselves to heal from the hurt that comes with the ending of a relationship in private and on their terms, instead of fighting things out through litigation. An option available to every couple who finds themselves having reached the difficult decision to divorce.
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