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The Legal Reason Behind the Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Divorce

Singer Gwen Stefani filed has filed a petition for divorce from her husband of 12 years, Gavin Rossdale.

Best known as the singer for No Doubt, Gwen enjoyed solo success with her triple platinum album ‘Love. Angel. Music. Baby.’ before reuniting with the band in 2008. She toured in support of Gavin’s band Bush in 1995. The singers married each other in 2002.

They shared over 12 years together as a married couple and had three children together during that time. In a recent Cosmopolitan interview, Gwen said she thought that when people can be themselves and have their own individuality that is what keeps a relationship going.

It is possible that the success of their relationship for 12 years can be partially attributed to the creative roles in their respective bands allowing them to both express themselves. But what broke the couple up?

Perhaps the break up is due to the pressures of touring and the time spent apart. It has been reported that Gwen wanted to divorce Gavin because she believed he was being unfaithful. In the actual divorce papers, Gwen cites ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the legal ground for divorce. Irreconcilable differences are when a couple who were married in America have such big differences that their relationship no longer works.

In UK law ‘irretrievable breakdown’ is the sole ground for divorce. Evidence must be presented to show that irretrievable breakdown has occurred.

Adultery is one of the five facts that can be used as evidence of irretrievable breakdown along with two years separation with consent, five years separation and desertion. The most common fact that can be used as evidence of irretrievable breakdown is unreasonable behaviour. This is when your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.

Despite the rock star couple citing irreconcilable differences in their relationship they remain committed parents. In a joint statement they said, “We remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment.” This follows the news that fellow celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner put their children first in divorce.

Both celebrity couples are providing a positive example by setting out their plans for both the mother and father to continue seeing the children regularly. They have considered the children’s best interests in both requesting privacy and confirming their continued commitment to parenthood.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer expert advice about divorce and can assist you with any queries regarding arrangements for your children. To speak with a Family Lawyer call freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we will call you back at a time that suits you.

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