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Former beauty queen files for divorce from rocker husband

When a high-profile couple divorces, it is difficult to avoid the media proliferation that inevitably results. Almost everyone is interested in the lives of high-profile couples and any aspect of their lives becomes public quickly. Recent news of a celebrity divorce involves a former Miss New York USA beauty queen and a rock musician.

According to sources, the former beauty queen filed a divorce petition supported by inappropriate text messages allegedly sent by her husband. She has stated that she received these text messages from him last month when he was on an alleged drug binge.

The couple has been married for eight years and has three children together. The former beauty queen has sought full custody of the children, as her petition questions her husband's ability to provide care for them. She also said that her husband left home months ago and has not disclosed his location. Court documents also state that the band member uses drugs and steroids and has threatened to harm himself and his family when he becomes impaired by drugs.

Sources stated that the wife also has filed a legal petition to force the singer to undergo treatment for at least five days and possibly up to five months, per the court's decision. Her attorney stated that his client is concerned for the best interests of her children. The husband has provided no public comment nor is it clear if he has hired an attorney to represent his interests.

When a celebrity couple decides to end their marriage, the divorce can be complicated due to media attention. Also, they have to be cautious about property and asset distribution due to considerable real estate, business assets, stock options, trusts, IRA's and other investments that they may possess. While maintaining confidentiality during a divorce may be of great importance, the couple also should work with professionals to ensure that complex issues related to their divorce are resolved in the family's best interests.

Source: Miami Herald, "Wife seeks divorce against Creed's Scott Stapp," Jose Lambiet, Nov. 23, 2014

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