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High profile marriages lead to complex divorces

Manhattan residents undoubtedly have seen recently on the news the numerous incidents of domestic violence involving professional athletes, their spouses and children. Without a doubt, anyone guilty of abuse or mistreatment of a spouse or child should legally be held accountable and protections put in place for the victim(s).

However, according to both Sports Illustrated and The New York Times, the divorce rate for professional athletes is estimated to be an astounding 60 to 80 percent. Such off-the-chart figures call into question the feasibility of high profile marriages for athletes.

While professional athletes making multi-million dollar salaries don't have to deal with the stress of lack of financial security like many couples in America do, different problems crop up that have the potential to land them in divorce court.

Infidelity is a major issue for many professional athletes. The availability of willing women in every city in which they play has its lure for many of these ball players. That, coupled with the constant traveling and time away from a wife and children, can erode the foundation of a marriage.

One unnamed New York City divorce attorney commented, "It's hard to keep a marriage going if you're a celebrity athlete. There is a great deal of temptation and a ton of money available. It's a bad combination."

Many -- if not most -- professional athletes have large egos that require constant stroking and validation that they can obtain from their groupies. Others are so driven by acquiring more money and greater fame that they let these pursuits become obstacles to making a marriage their first priority. Still others come to regret marrying their partner and pine for the single life again.

However, you don't have to be married to a Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan to be muddling through a costly divorce. While those cases are quite high-profile and tend to dominate the headlines, many New Yorkers are struggling to divide complex assets and hammer out property settlements themselves. The services of an experienced family law attorney can prove invaluable during this process.

Source: Forbes, "Divorce, Not Domestic Violence, Is Biggest Issue At Home For Professional Athletes" David Lariviere, Oct. 22, 2014

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