Divorce is never pretty because even the most amicable splits still mark the sad end of something that was once so joyous. Things only get more complicated if there are kids involved because parents typically don’t want to give up their children. And that can lead to some bitter battles.
Just because a marriage has come to an end doesn’t mean the love for the kids haven’t. But because of what’s at stake, combined with the financials involved, things can get messy. These celebs, in particular, were ready to fight for their right to parent — even if it meant taking down their ex.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana
Other celebrity couples who recently called it quits.
Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy
Hoppy, of course, argued that it was all a lie and "an attempt to manufacture a crisis where none existed," claiming she's using the case as a storyline.
A source claimed Hoppy is fine with their current agreement but Frankel wants primary custody and full decision making. To be continued. Sadly.
Vanessa Marcil and Brian Austin Green
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Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee
Kelly Rutherford and Daniel Giersch
They had lived with their father in Monaco and France since 2012 and Rutherford can only visit with them in those two countries. Kelly's appeals in the U.S. were denied and the decision remains with the Monaco court. Prior to the ruling, Kelly was charged with kidnapping after she refused to put them on a plane to Europe at the end of their summer vacation.
Other scandalous breakups in Hollywood history.
Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin
Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen
Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen
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Tyrese Gibson and Norma Gibson
Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels
Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva
Nicole Curtis and Shane Maguire
Usher and Tameka Foster
While the couple share legal custody, Usher was awarded primary physical custody in 2012. Then that awful freak pool accident happened, where their eldest son was hospital Usher V, was hospitalized in the ICU. Foster filed a request for a custody hearing to gain primary custody after Usher V's "near-death accident" but the case was dismissed and Usher won.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
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Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
Their relationship and her pregnancy was televised but there were the heated exchanges on social media, Rob posting revenge porn of his ex, she withholding their child from him. Thankfully the drama ended on-screen and off.
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
Their daughter, now a successful model, had a pretty normal childhood, and Kim and Alec are "cool now," though Baldwin continues to advocate for parental rights.
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