In a previous post, I discussed the benefits of settling your divorce case versus having a divorce trial where a Judge will decide all issues. An example of why settlement is beneficial can be seen in the case of Simon Cowell and his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman. Simon Cowell – Life is Complicated with Baby, tmz.com, February 22, 2014. When Simon and Lauren got together and she became pregnant, she was actually married to one of Simon’s best friends. As a result, Lauren and her husband had a bitter divorce and custody battle. They were unable to settle the case (it is unclear how may attempts at settlement were made, if any) and, thus, a Judge determined their post-divorce lives.
One term of the divorce decree required Lauren to keep Simon away from the parties’ seven-year-old child for a year. For now, this restriction certainly complicates things for Simon and Lauren, who just had their baby and are living together. Recently, Lauren’s son stayed with her for a few days and Simon was forced to move into a hotel during that time. Though Simon moved back in when the child left, this will certainly not be the last time they are faced with this issue, which essentially keeps them all from living together as a family. It is unknown whether Lauren’s ex-husband would have insisted on this term had they settled the case, but it is possible that Lauren could have given him something else that was important to him in return for leaving this restriction out of any settlement agreement.