There is no doubt that when the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise was launched that it would be a success. After all, we are a nation who thrives on gossip and reality television. But watching the show also means that you get to know every intimate detail of those people’s lives, including the more salacious bits. Some fans even feel sympathy for those on the show, especially when complications with the marriage arise.
Such may be the case for some of our readers here in Kentucky who might be fans of ‘Real Housewives of New York.’ This month it was announced that one of the show’s stars, Ramona Singer, has filed for divorce from her husband Mario after more than 20 years of marriage. With rumors about Mario having cheated on Ramona with another woman, it’s quite possible that adultery or infidelity could be listed as a reason for the dissolution of marriage.
Unlike here in Kentucky where no-fault divorce allows couples to cite irreconcilable differences as a reason for the break-down of a marriage, New York courts handle divorces slightly different. According to nolo.com, couples in New York can base their divorce on either no-fault or fault grounds. Establishing fault in this state’s courts can be a determining factor when resolving contentious disputes over child custody and even division of marital property. And because the Singers are considered a high-asset couple, it’s quite possible that this was one reason why infidelity could appear on the divorce filing.
Although the couple has not confirmed that they are planning on getting a divorce at this time, it’s possible that they are keeping quiet as a way of maintaining their privacy. As many people here in Kentucky know, celebrity divorces can become heavily reported on, which can often add to tensions. By keeping it more private, it’s possible that negative press will not influence their discussions and they can come to an agreement faster in the end.
Source: ABC News, “'Real Housewives' Ramona Singer Files for Divorce After Reported Cheating,” Michael Rothman, Jan. 30, 2014