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In Hollywood Divorces, the Stakes Are Much Higher - But the Issues Are the Same

divorce_1976996c-thumb-275x171-96614.jpgWe can learn a great deal from Hollywood stars who divorce and continue to dispute their settlements years later.

When you stop and think about it, the only difference between their divorce and your divorce is the amount of money involved. Otherwise, they endure the same court battles, and custody and support disputes.

Empire Star Terrence Howard Disputes Divorce Settlement Terms

Take the divorce case of Empire star Terrence Howard as an example.

He and his lawyer recently convinced a California family court judge to overturn a 2012 divorce agreement that would have entitled his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent, to a healthy share of Howard's earnings.

The initial divorce settlement gave Ghent several of the couple's bank accounts as well as a portion of all of his income.

Considering that Howard has a hit series on Fox, her portion would have been sizeable.

In the recent proceedings, Superior Court Judge Thomas Trent Lewis agreed with Howard, who successfully argued that Ghent had bribed him into signing the 2012 divorce agreement that was in question.

Back in 2012, Ghent had warned Howard that if he didn't sign the divorce agreement, she would reveal private details about the actor, including sex recordings and a video of him nude.

Howard explained to the court that he submitted to her bribe only because he believed the release of the items in Ghent's possession would have damaged his career.

Ex-Wife Accuses Terence Howard of Domestic Abuse

Ghent came to court with her arguments against Howard.

During the court hearing, Ghent presented evidence showing that on at least one occasion Howard had abused his ex-wife. Ghent released a picture of herself with a black eye. She accused Howard of multiple instances of domestic violence and had an active restraining order against the actor.

Howard admitted to causing the black eye by hitting his ex-wife, however, he said, it was an act of self-defense.

Howard's poor excuse wasn't his finest moment. Men can take care of themselves in a variety of ways, including by leaving the house if there's a heated argument. They should never resort to hitting a woman. Apparently, leaving the house to take a drive somewhere didn't occur to Howard.

You'll appreciate how the judge responded to Howard's poor excuse. He said, "Terrence Howard is a bully. [But] just because you're a bully doesn't mean you can be bullied."

During the four-day hearing, additional details revealed information about the Oscar-nominated actor, including that he had cheated on Ghent during their engagement, he was physically violent with his first wife, and he has already divorced his third wife.

Ghent and Howard's next task is to renegotiate the financial terms of a new settlement.

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