Breaking up is rather difficult, whether you're famous or not. And the situation is even more complicated if you've got children. Deciding who the children will live with, as well as determining which parent will have most of the financial responsibility, is never an easy task. And when you're a celebrity, it's not uncommon that huge payouts are part of a divorce in which children are involved.
Since money and love are two of the things that seem to get people riled up pretty easily, it's no surprise that some celebrity custody battles can get ugly. It's interesting and kind of sad that two people who once had such affection for each other can turn into mortal enemies when it comes to who gets the house or who becomes the primary custodial parent. Fortunately, some of these former couples have been able to put their differences aside, after their emotional outbursts, for the sake of the kids. But that doesn't mean that some of these custody proceedings haven't gotten brutal, and some have even gone on for way longer than they should have.
These 10 celebrities, who are known for entertaining us, were anything but amused when engaging in these legal challenges concerning the custody of their children. However, the custody battles were interesting to many of us, to say the least.
10 Kelly Rutherford and Daniel Giersch
9 Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
8 Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
7 Dwyane Wade and Siohvaughn Funches
6 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
5 Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry
4 Usher and Tameka Foster
3 Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
2 Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
1 Michael Jackson and Deborah Rowe
Debbie Rowe likely couldn't have imagined the constant media attention she'd get when she married the King of Pop and had two children with him. The former nurse will likely always be known as the mother of Michael Jackson's kids. The pair got married in 1996 and divorced in 1999. At this time, Rowe voluntarily gave up all legal rights to the children she and Jackson had together-a son named Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., and a daughter named Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson. But she began a legal battle to get visitation rights in 2003, when Jackson was accused of child molestation. Three years later, a private settlement was reached. The child visitation agreement allegedly stayed in place until Jackson's untimely death in 2009.
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