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Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes announce divorce

Residents of Illinois know that even though Hollywood sees its fair share of short-lived marriages, not all cases of celebrity divorce are flashes in the pan. Sometimes, much like many other divorces, a couple decides to end a marriage many years after their big day. This is the case of a recent high-profile divorce from a Lake Bluff, Ill. couple.

Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes recently announced their divorce after being married for 25 years. Marx, the pop singer who sang the heartthrob hits such as "Right Here Waiting" and "Hold On to the Nights," married the singer and actress who appeared in films such as "Flashdance" and "Dirty Dancing" after dating for four years in 1989. Rhodes retired from the world of Hollywood to focus on raising the couple's three sons. A representative for Marx declined to comment on the divorce.

While the exact reason for the split is unknown, divorce is never a stress-free situation. Depending on the circumstances of the end of a marriage, emotions can run high, especially if there is potentially a high amount of assets at stake, as there very well could be in a celebrity divorce. Seeking legal assistance can help to create a calmer atmosphere surrounding the divorce and can lead to a more-favorable outcome.

As the divorce of Marx and Rhodes shows, not all Hollywood marriages burn out quickly after inception. Regardless of the length of the union, however, the stress of a divorce can be more effectively handled with professional legal guidance, creating a smoother path for the newly-single spouse to continue on.

Source: abcnews.com, "Richard Marx Splits From Wife Cynthia Rhodes," Luchina Fisher, April 7, 2014

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