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What lessons can you learn from celebrity divorces?

The past two years have certainly seen plenty of celebrity divorces. Some of those weren't a huge shock, but others blindsided fans.

Long-term marriages like the more than two decades Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara Kapfer had before their split and much shorter marriages like the less than two years that Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting were married all had some good lessons for the public when the couples called it quits.

Kids aren't a reason to get married or stay married

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had a lengthy relationship before they decided to get married for the sake of their children. It seems as though it was all downhill after they got married. The decade before they married included their bringing children into the relationship. The couple only married in 2014 and news of their split came in 2016. It is evident that trying to work out a marriage just for the children isn't going to work out very well in the end. If you and your significant other don't get your relationship on the right path, a divorce is likely going to happen sooner rather than later.

Separation dates matter

When Cuba Gooding Jr.'s ex Sara Kapfer filed for legal separation in August of 2014, she gave a date when the relationship with Gooding was over. Now, Gooding is fighting to have the earnings he has made since her filing kept out of the property division process. The decision to file the legal separation could end up taking around $15 million out of the marital assets that these two high school sweethearts will have to split since he officially filed for divorce in January of this year. If you are planning on filing for a legal separation, make sure that you know all of the ways that it can impact you now and during the divorce.

Whirlwind romances often end poorly

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting had a whirlwind romance that resulted in a short 21-month marriage. Prior to that, they were engaged only three months. Cuoco had one thing going for her in this marriage. She had Sweeting sign a prenuptial agreement. This is the type of planning that can help you to ensure that you are protected if the marriage doesn't last. Even if you don't have considerable assets, it is a good idea to have a prenup signed.

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