Many California residents may recognize him from movies like "Grown Ups" or "The Longest Yard," but actor/comedian Chris Rock has been making headlines for other reasons recently - he has filed for divorce from his wife of almost 20 years.
According to reports, the reason for the split is not clear, and the couple is asking for their privacy. The couple, who wed in 1996, has two daughters, aged 12 and 10. Rock's publicist said that the couple is working through the matter and focusing on their family. Rock's wife released a statement and said that her children remain her number one priority.
Like many celebrity divorces, property division and alimony issues can get complicated when there are a lot of assets involved. More importantly, divorcing couples with children, like Rock and his wife, must figure out child custody and visitation matters. Some couples may be able to come up with a custody agreement on their own, but others may need the guidance of a divorce lawyer. No matter how a couple decides which parent will be the custodial parent, it's very important to keep in mind what is best for the child.
For California couples going through divorce, it can be a scary time. It's important to sort out child custody, alimony and property division matters, in addition to figuring out how to adjust to a new lifestyle. Divorcing couples do not have to embark on the journey alone - legal help is available for those who do not feel comfortable sorting through matters on their own.
Source: USA Today, "Chris Rock files for divorce," Carly Mallenbaum, Dec. 29, 2014