Divorce is never easy. There are feelings of hurt and betrayal. There is the loss of a dream, and fights over money and child custody.
Who will get the house? Who will get the car? How much will the divorce lawyer get?
Read these stories and suddenly your ex wont seem so bad.
HenryVIII and Anne Boleyn
HenryVIII didn't mess around with divorce lawyers. When his second wife, Anne Boleyn, failed to give him the male heir he so desperately wanted, he simply had her arrested.
On May o2, 1536 Anne was taken to the Tower of London. She was charged with incest, adultery and high treason.
There was little evidence, but that didn't matter.
On May 19, 1536 at 8 am Anne Boleyn was beheaded in a single stroke.
Phillip Smith and Tricia Walsh Smith
When Phillip threatened to end their marriage Tricia turned to utube. In her video (see below) she complains that Phillip had threatened to evict her from their posh apartment. She claims that she and Phillip, who is 25 years her senior, had never had sex yet she found Viagra, condoms and pornography that she alleges belongs to him.
On July 21, 2008 a Manhattan judge, Harold Beeler, awarded Philip Smith a divorce from Tricia Walsh-Smith.
Judge Beeler also ruled that the prenuptial agreement, signed three weeks before the couple's 1999 wedding, was valid.
That meant Walsh-Smith had to leave the Park Avenue apartment the couple shared within 30 days. Philip Smith, president of the Shubert Organization, the largest theater owner on Broadway, was ordered to pay her $750,000.
Judge Beeler, by the way, was NOT amused by the utube video.
Trisha Walsh Smith Dishes Out the Dirt on Utube
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
Even by Hollywood standards, where nasty celebrity divorces are common, this one was ugly.
The two were married June 15, 2002.
In 2006, Richards filed a petition for divorce alleging that Sheen was unfaithful, abusive and addicted to both pornography and prostitutes.
In 2006 a judge issued a restraining order against Sheen, ordering him not to come within 300 feet of Richards.
The divorce was granted November 30, 2006.
Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Paul and Heather were married June 11, 2002 and four years later they announced their separation.
They said the split would be amicable but when the pair headed to divorce court is was anything but.
Mills described McCartney as an abusive ,violent drug abuser.
She didn't get any sympathy from the press who called her a high-class prostitute and a gold-digger, especially when they found out how much money she wanted from the divorce.
Mills asked for $250 million. A judge called her yearly budget of $250,000 for clothes, $400,000 for private planes, and $80,000 a year for wine "ridiculous" and "unreasonable".
She was also annoyed at the paltry $70,000 a year the judge ordered McCartney to pay in child support.
In the end Mills walked away with $48.6 million. The divorce was granted on March 17, 2008.
Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
Mike Tyson and Robin Givens were married February 07, 1988.
Eight months later Tyson filed to have the marriage annulled. He claimed Givens had lied to him about being pregnant to trick him into marrying her. He says she was only interested in his money. He was estimated to be worth $55 million. The couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement.
At the same time Givens filed for divorce. She claimed she was a victim of spousal abuse and that Tyson had made her life "pure hell".
On November 16, 1988 Givens sued Tyson for $125 million for libel.
A judge in the Dominican Republic granted their divorce on February 14, 1989.
Givens was awarded $10 million.
The Tyson-Givens Divorce Goes Public
Peter Cook and Christie Brinkley
Peter Cook and Christie Brinkley married on September 21, 1996. It was the fourth marriage for Brinkley.
The couple split on July 11, 2006 after Brinkley discovered Cook was cheating on her.
Chrisite insisted the 2008 divorce proceedings be public and tabloids went wild.
Cook admitted that he had committed adultery with eighteen-year-old Diana Bianchi and that he had paid her $300,000 . He said he spent thousands of dollars each month on internet pornography.
Cook described Brinkley as a manipulating, bitter, vindictive, and angry woman.
Cook was awarded $2.1 million.