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Why the Jolie-Pitt divorce won't be like Kramer vs. Kramer

Why the Jolie-Pitt divorce won't be like Kramer vs. Kramer

The only thing the public loves more than news of a celebrity romance is the prospect of its ugly disintegration. No sooner had news broken of Angelina Jolie's intent to divorce Brad Pitt than headlines began to fly about the "bruising" and "ugly" court fight ahead. As a family law teacher and scholar, I expect that those anticipating a grisly courtroom showdown will be disappointed.

Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The brief length of their marriage and California's community property laws will make the financial issues relatively easy to resolve. And Angelina has asked for joint legal custody...