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Madonna/Ritchie divorce – media guessing game begins


madonna2.jpgDepending on who you listen to or read, Guy Ritchie may look to get up to $260 million in any divorce settlement with his wife Madonna, or he may try to get nothing and live off his own fortune,  variously estimated at anywhere between $30-50 million.

When big celebrity divorces are announced, as Ritchie and Madonna’s was on Wednesday, a frenzied bout of speculation by media and lawyers alike tends to follow, and more often than not it ends up being a load of rubbish.

You only have to look back to the divorce between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills to see how wide of the mark the theories generally are. Some lawyers were confidently predicting McCartney would have to pay out $350 million to Mills. (It is only fair to point out that one such expert was quoted by none other than Reuters at the time.) The actual sum? Less than $50 million.

Still, perhaps it is true that the bigger the amount in the headline, the more copies a newspaper sells. Surely the press wouldn’t be so cynical?

Christie Brinkley to A-Rod’s wife: Hire my lawyer


christie.jpgIn the two high-profile divorces captivating New York, model Christie Brinkley has this advice for Cynthia Rodriguez, wife of Yankees baseball star Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez: hire my lawyer.

It was the fourth day in the widely-watched divorce and child custody trial between Brinkley, 54, and Peter Cook, 49. Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Herman tesitifed that Brinkley should get custody of their two kids – 13-year-old Jack and 10-year-old Sailor Lee — because Cook displayed poor judgment when he engaged in an extra-marital affair with a teenager, according to various news reports.cook.jpg