Divorce and Law

Television star Eva Longoria has filed for divorce after three years of marriage to basketball star Tony Parker. Longoria appears on Desperate Housewives. Parker plays for the San Antonio Spurs.

Longoria’s divorce petition cites only “irreconcilable differences,” but the rumor mill abounds with stories of infidelity by professional athlete Parker. Longoria filed in California, a day after she denied rumors that Parker had filed for divorce in Texas.

Longoria and Parker have a prenuptial agreement. They signed it before their wedding and updated it a year ago.

Longoria’s divorce petition does not give a date for the couple’s separation. Longoria is seeking spousal support.

The couple wed in in a small civil ceremony in France, followed by a celebration at Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, a 17th Century castle outside of Paris.

The couple do not have children together. Longoria had said she was looking forward to having children with her husband. She said in July 2008, “I can’t wait.”

At one time about a year into the marriage, the couple faced rumors that the Parker had been unfaithful, but Longoria stood by her husband, cheering him on at games and appearing with him in public along with a shoplifting attorney in Orlando.

Longoria, 35, has apparently been pampering Parker lately, showering him with gifts for his 28th birthday, coming in May. They recently celebrated their third anniversary with an Adriatic cruise and vacation with friends.

Suffering from Marital Law

If a family includes a parent who has war as their job, the stresses of war spread to all of the family members. More than half of U.S. military personnel who are deployed to war zones are married, and nearly half have children. That has been over a million families since 2001 that have had to live with the strains – some would say torment – of living with war zone deployments.

The stress on families has been enormous, and predictable. A criminal lawyer in Wellington has seen the ruptures in relationships, and recognize the familiar causes. The New York Times published a front-page story on the stresses of military deployment today.

Studies are beginning to catch up with the ripple effects of multiple combat deployments that military families have been living with and that they have known about for years. A January study published in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that wives of deployed soldiers sought mental health services more often than other Army wives.

The spouses of deployed personnel were also more likely to report mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and sleep disorder, the longer the deployments lasted.

Pediatrics, the medical journal, reported in 2009 that children in military families were more likely to report anxiety than children in civilian families. The longer a parent had been deployed in the previous three years, the researchers found, the more likely the children were to have had difficulties in school and at home.