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What can we learn from serial celebrity break-ups, billionaire bust-ups, misbehaving spouses, pants-on challenged politicos and the ever-shifting landscape of divorce law? Question is, "What CAN'T we learn"? With latte in hand and clicky finger at the ready, dive in for the best in divorce news, views, gossip, and buzz – assembled below for your reading pleasure.

She Is! She Isn’t! She is? She is! It seems that Madonna is getting divorced after all, or at least she has seen a highly placed divorce lawyer in London. Her press person keeps repeating that Madonna and her husband, the movie director Guy Ritchie, are not getting divorced.

Could this all be a publicity stunt to promote his new movie and her European tour?  

Madonna has a 13-show European tour “Sticky and Sweet” starting in Cardiff in August, and is planning her 50th birthday bash on August 16. Richie will turn 40 in September, and has a new film, “RocknRolla” opening in September in London, and in October in America. His film has nothing to do with Rock ‘n’ Roll and everything to do with Russian gangsters in London.

The whole thing has certainly brought enough attention to the two of them. (Like, did you know he had a movie coming out before this?) People magazine online has been having a field day reporting day-by-day updates. On Tuesday night, for instance, they breathlessly reported that the couple was holding hands after having dinner together in New York. Perez Hilton, meanwhile, is bragging that he predicted they would make a very public dinner date. And that this is a well thought out ploy. And then there are rumors elsewhere that Madonna is seeing A Rod.

If there is a divorce filed, dividing up the marital property will be intense. There is no prenuptial agreement, but the assumption is that Ritchie won’t try to drain her of her millions, or try to take away her newly acquired British accent.

He would probably settle for their 1,200 country estate, a few cars and generous time with their son Rocco, who turned 8 in August, and adopted son David, 2. It was only a month ago that a high court in Malawi authorized the changing of David Banda’s name to David Ritchie, saying that Madonna and her husband were “perfect parents."

Team Madonna has some $600 million in assets and the lawyer the British papers say she consulted, Fiona (Steel Magnolia) Shackleton, is the solicitor for TRHs Prince Harry and Prince William. Shackleton represented Prince Charles against Princess Diana, Paul McCartney against Heather Mills, and Prince Andrew against Sarah Ferguson. Shackleton (her husband is related to the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton) is known for avoiding negativity in even the most rancorous divorces.

She has said, “A courtroom is a barbaric venue in which to pick over the carcass of a failed marriage.” Before this, reports out of London said that Madonna had talked to Nicholas Mostyn, the solicitor who handled Heather Mills in her divorce, if handled can be the right term.

As with every step of this story, there are no confirmations that Ritchie has actually hired a lawyer, and his mother has told British newspapers that there is no divorce and there will be no divorce. Which of course leads us to assume there will be a divorce. Reverse logic!



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