When two people grow apart in a marriage it can result in one or both spouses cheating, and it can turn into a bitter and expensive divorce. The person who winds up feeling betrayed can become more demanding in the divorce process and often fights to get more out of the couple's division of property.
When celebrities cheat, tabloids jump. The many marital scandals among celebrity couples provide constant examples of how cheating can affect the cost and gain of a split. More often than not, the high-profile divorce ends quite favorably for the jilted spouse. Fox Business provides some examples of such circumstances:
Tiger Woods is a prime example of a celebrity who recently went through a high-profile divorce after the public learned of various affairs. In the end, Woods lost over $100 million, homes in Florida and Sweden, $22 million in endorsements, physical custody of his children and his golf game went way off the green.
Where you live can make a big difference in the cost of divorce. The split between Sandra Bullock and Jesse James was handled in Texas family court. Since they were married less than 10 years James was ineligible for any type of support from the super successful Bullock. He and his mistress did cash in on the publicity, however, with a tell-all book, talk shows appearances and more.
Of course, regular, non-celebrities have problems with their marriages, too, which can lead to cheating and divorce. The average couple might not have millions between them, but what they do have is still valuable, and that goes for their assets and their friendships with each other. Perhaps some of the celebrity scandals can at least teach the public what not to do in a marriage in order to make divorce easier on both parties.
Fox Business: "The Cost of Being a Celebrity Cheater," Jay MacDonald, Sep. 13, 2011