Divorce can be a catastrophic event whether you're a celebrity or not. Just like marriage, it should not be entered into lightly. With so many things to consider, it doesn't just affect the unhappy couple, but all the lives around them, including and especially the children. There are a lot of things at stake when entering a divorce. Such as how the property and debts are to be divided, who will be granted custody of the children, how much child support will be paid and if you're a highly visible celebrity like Madonna, there are a huge host of other issues as well. Each state (and country as in this case) has different guidelines and statutes and every couple has a different story and situation to bring to the table. Consulting and retaining a competent divorce attorney who will make the uncomfortable process a little less uncomfortable is always the smart thing to do. If the divorce is uncontested and both husband and wife are agreeable, they can make things easy by negotiating their own resolution to all of the issues. They then draft an order of dissolution and submit it to the court. If the order of dissolution complies with all the legal requirements and both parties entered into it knowingly and willingly, then the judge will approve it. Otherwise the two will go to trial and the court will issue an Order of Dissolution at the end of the trial. Honestly though, have you ever even heard of a high profile celebrity divorce case ending amicably and without having to go to trial? Uhhh...I don't think so.
Who know's how the Madge-Guy divorce will end up. Guess we'll have to keep our eyes peeled on the tabloids to find that one out.