If you follow celebrity divorces, then you probably know that it’s rare to find one that doesn’t involve some bit of scandal. Fame has a way of drawing divorcing couples’ private issues into the spotlight.

Because divorce for celebrities and everyday people is often contentious, it’s refreshing every once in a while to hear of a divorce that is apparently going as well as possible for both parties. Actor Guy Pearce and his wife of 18 years, Kate Mestitz, recently announced their divorce, and according to Pearce, the now-ex-spouses still “couldn’t be closer.”

Children are not a factor in this particularly polite split

Pearce, known for his roles in The Hurt Locker, Iron Man 3 and Memento, said that he and Mestitz will “always love and support one another and be the best of friends” – remarkable words in what is often a conflict-laden field of celebrity divorces.

It is noteworthy, though, that Pearce and Mestitz do not have children together. Child custody and parenting time can be difficult for parents to agree upon, and while a parenting plan can be created outside of court, child custody issues are the subject of litigation in many cases.

Texas parents who find themselves in disagreement over child custody should have on their side a family law attorney with the knowledge, experience and negotiating skills to achieve a favorable outcome.

Though he has a high net worth, Guy Pearce’s divorce seems to be low-conflict in terms of division of marital property

Dispute over property division also appears to be remarkably absent in the Pearce-Mestitz split. Often individuals with a high net worth have to address complex property division issues, including the division of stock options, retirement accounts, business assets and real estate. Here in Texas, these assets are generally categorized as community property if they were acquired during the course of the marriage, and an equitable division of that property tends to require significant investigation and planning.

The apparent smoothness of the Pearce-Mestitz divorce makes one curious about the legal help the spouses had in valuing their marital assets and how those assets should be divided.

Have you encountered divorce issues that Guy Pearce was able to avoid? Go with a family law attorney who understands what you’re going through

Despite the occasional report on celebrity divorce that makes the ordeal look easy, the reality is that divorce is hard – in many cases, the hardest thing a person will go through in life. At the Vaught Law Firm, we understand the emotional and financial difficulties divorcing spouses face in Texas, and we use our legal knowledge and negotiating skills to provide compassionate, practical solutions to our clients going through divorce.

We also handle post-divorce issues, such as child custody and support modifications, as well as family law appeals.

To learn more about our firm and our areas of practice, please see our family law and divorce overview.