Whether it is in the political arena, movies and television, or sports, celebrities in each field should know their private lives are no longer their own once they have reached a certain level of stardom. Unfortunately, it is more often the troubles of divorce, substance or domestic abuse, or financial woes that make the news rather than the happier moments. Ohio baseball fans familiar with the Chicago Cubs’ lineup may be interested to hear that shortstop Addison Russell and his wife are getting a divorce.
Russell and his wife were married early in 2016 after having a child together six months before. His wife, Melisa, filed for divorce only a few days ago, but they have been separated for a while. She had recently posted on social media her suspicion that he had been unfaithful, with a separate post by an unnamed third party making claims of domestic violence involving the couple.
While he knows the steps taken by team management when domestic abuse is suspected, Russell says he has not heard from the administration. He maintains the violence accusations are false and they do nothing but inflame the couple’s situation. Melisa wants sole custody of the child, child support and spousal support that will enable her to live the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed. She would also like the entire process to be handled quickly and the terms of the settlement to be in the best interest of their child.
The process of divorce is hard, not just on the couple but on their children, other family members and close friends. Although the circumstances are tough, coming to terms in a settlement does not have to be. An attorney who has a thorough knowledge of the divorce laws in Ohio will be able to advise his or her clients as to the best possible path for their situation.
Source: theathletic.com, “Melisa Russell files for divorce from Cubs’ Addison Russell“, June 22, 2017