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Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth announce they are divorcing

When people first get married the thought of divorce may seem unimaginable, but years later it may be the only option. Even after more than a decade of marriage couples may find that they can no longer live as a married couple. Maryland residents are likely familiar with Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth. The actors have decided to divorce after 11 years of marriage.

So far, the couple's public statements indicate that they want to pursue their divorce as peacefully as possible. However, public divorces often have a tendency to turn nasty even with the best intentions, so the pair could benefit from undertaking a collaborative divorce.

By collaborating, couples who have grown apart but are not overly hostile toward one another can work out a divorce agreement behind closed doors with the help of legal counsel. Couples who are still able to work with one another to solve various issues are the best candidates for a collaborative divorce.

Facinelli and Garth, for example, have expressed a desire for joint custody of their three young children. If they are able to communicate effectively even after their split they may find a collaborative divorce to be best for them.

In addition to the peaceful nature of a collaborative divorce, Maryland does not require a public record of the proceedings. Lack of a public record can save both spouses the embarrassment and pain of exposing their personal lives to outsiders. This could be especially important for actors who are always in the limelight and whose career largely depends upon public opinion.

Source: People, "Peter Facinelli Files for Divorce from Jennie Garth," Elizabeth Leonard, March 28, 2012

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