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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in second divorce

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Some 18 months after getting married for the second time, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is reported to have filed for a divorce. Her net worth is currently in the region of £20 million, most of which she had earned before her current marriage. Celebrity watchers in the Greater Manchester area may have seen the picture of her £275,000 engagement ring that she posted on social media when she announced her engagement.

Her first marriage to the footballer Ashley Cole ended in 2010 after several women announced in the press that he had been cheating on his wife with them. She is now seeking a divorce for her second marriage on the grounds of irreconcilable differences between her and her husband. The couple dated for only three months before they got married, and the court could take the view that, in light of the short length of their relationship, she may be entitled to keep the majority of her assets.

Her estranged husband is said to be independently wealthy and may decide not to negotiate for a portion of her wealth. A court will usually hear any discussions over the financial aspects of a divorce after a decree nisi has been granted, which may take several weeks after the petition for a divorce has been filed. The earliest that the divorce could be finalised is after a further six-week period. If he does choose to fight for a portion of her assets, then finalising the divorce could take considerably longer.

A solicitor who has experience in divorce cases between high-profile couples may give legal advice and suggest strategies to aid a client. Negotiation and mediation may be considered at the core of any settlement dispute, but in situations where a partner is acting unreasonably, the solicitor may also provide legal representation in court.