“Smash” Star Katharine McPhee Files for Divorce

Actress and singer Katharine McPhee has filed for divorce from her producer husband Nick Cokas.

The “Smash” star and former “American Idol” contestant and Cokas were married for 6 years. McPhee became tabloid fodder last October when she was spotted kissing “Smash” director and married father of three Michael Morris.

Source: Yahoo Celebrity, “Katharine McPhee Files for Divorce,” Taryn Ryder, May 22, 2014

*Special thanks to Candice Set for assisting with this story. Ms. Set is a paralegal intern from Heald College.

Russian Billionaire Ordered to Pay Ex-Wife $4.5 Billion in “Most Expensive Divorce in History”

A Swiss court has ordered a Russian oligarch known as the “fertilizer king” to pay more than $4.5 billion to his ex-wife to settle their divorce.

Dmitry Rybolovlev, who made his fortune from potash mining, is currently ranked 147th on Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of $8.8 billion and co-owns the French soccer club AS Monaco.

He and Elena Rybolovleva met as university students in Russia and were married in 1987. Divorce proceedings were initiated in 2008 and Elena was awarded custody of the couple’s 13 year old daughter. Elena initially demanded $6 billion to settle the divorce.

On Monday, the Geneva Tribunal of First Instance said Rybolovlev must pay Elena 4,020,555,987.80 Swiss francs ($4,509,375,184.80). The judgment also awarded a $146 million property in Gstaad to Elena and 2 other pieces of real estate in Geneva.

Elena’s lawyer called the parties’ marital dissolution “the most expensive divorce in history,” but Rybolovlev’s lawyer said the judgment was likely to be reduced in an appeal. “There will definitely be a new appellate review and therefore this judgment is not final given the existence of two levels of appeal in Switzerland,” said Tetiana Bersheda.

Source: Yahoo News, “Russian oligarch faces $4.5 billion Swiss divorce,” John Heilprin (Associated Press), May 20, 2014