What day of the year is the busiest for divorce lawyers?
Laura Wasser, divorce lawyer to the stars, stopped by HuffPost Live on Thursday to dish on all things divorce related, and told host Nancy Redd that the first day back after the holidays is consistently busy.
"The first day back after winter break, it's usually January second, third, fourth, is often very busy. And I don't know exactly why that is, but I would imagine it's because a lot of people say 'I just can't do this again. I can't do that Thanksgiving to New Years run one more year with this person,'" she said.
Wasser added that the start of a new year can seem like the perfect time to make a big change.
"They figured they're gonna start the new year out, and they're gonna start a new page and they're gonna get through it," she said.
Wasser has represented some of Hollywood's biggest stars in their splits, including Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher and Heidi Klum. Her first book "It Doesn't Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself," hit shelves on October 1.
Check out the video above to hear more from Wasser, and watch the entire segment here. Then check out the slideshow below for more on Wasser and other top divorce lawyers.
"Disso-queen" Laura Wasser was destined to be a divorce lawyer. Her father Dennis Wasser--also a marital attorney to the stars--chose the name Laura Allison Wasser so that her initials would spell L.A.W. A divorced mother-of-two who vows not to marry again, Wasser has represented dozens of celebrities in their divorce and custody battles, including Robyn Gibson, Kate Walsh, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, and Kiefer Sutherland. She has been featured in Elle and Vogue magazines and served as an on-set legal consultant for the movie, Liar Liar.
"Duke of Divorce" Raoul Felder has represented dozens of celebrities and celebrity spouses throughout his decades-long career, including Martin Scorsese, David Gest, Rudy Giuliani, Robin Givens, and Larry Fortensky, among others. The 74-year-old divorce lawyer, who has penned dozens of publications and is a frequent legal commentator on TV, has been called "a shameless self-promoter" and once famously accused Donna Hanover of "howling like a stuck pig" during her divorce from Felder's client Rudy Giuliani. According to a profile in The New Yorker, in Felder's 48 years as a marital attorney, he has sued more famous men than any other divorce lawyer in America. He was the first divorce lawyer to charge a hundred thousand dollars and the first to receive a fee of a million dollars as well.
Fiona Shackleton is the UK's most notorious divorce lawyer, having represented Prince Andrew, Princes Charles, and Paul McCartney in his messy public split from Heather Mills, in which the former Mrs. McCartney dumped water on Shackleton's head after being awarded an unfavorable settlement. According to The Sunday Times, some wealthy men employ the "ruthless" divorce attorney before their marriages are even on the rocks, to "deprive their wife of Shackleton's formidable skills." In November 2010, she was appointed to Britain's prestigious House of Lords.
The New York Times has called Robert Stephan Cohen "one of the most powerful matrimonial lawyers in the country." He has represented Christie Brinkley in her divorces from Billy Joel and Peter Cook, Tommy Mottola in his split from Mariah Carey, both Ivana Trump and Marla Maples in their divorces from Donald Trump, Grace Hightower from Robert DeNiro, and NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his 1993 split, among others. In a 1998 profile, Town & Country magazine dubbed him "the Mount Olympus of high-asset split-ups" and "your worst nightmare." Himself twice divorced, he told the New York Times in 2002 that "today the plastic surgeons are superstars, as are the divorce lawyers. We are telling the rest of the world that it's great to do these things, and it's not. The divorce process is expensive and horrible."
Elin Nordegren retained Tinseltown divorce layer Sorrell Trope when filing for divorce from ex-husband Tiger Woods. More recently, Trope has represented Oksana Grigorieva in her messy custody battle with Mel Gibson, and Brooke Mueller in her high-profile split from Charlie Sheen. Other clients have included Cary Grant, Nicholas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Britney Spears--only Hollywood types can afford his steep $650+ hourly fees.
Neal Hersh--whose clients include Denise Richards, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, and Pamela Anderson--recently represented Camille Grammer in her public divorce from Kelsey, possibly netting the reality star a $50 million settlement. The Los Angeles-based lawyer gained notoriety for representing Kim Basinger in her drama-filled divorce and custody battle with Alec Baldwin. "I've known I was going to do this since junior high," Hersh has said. "Maybe it was process of elimination. I couldn't stand blood and all that; I was going to be a doctor or a lawyer. I've just always known that I was going to do this."