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Vikki Ziegler Weighs In on Antonio and Melanie's Split

The Untying the Knot star also sounds off on J.Lo's break-up with Casper Smart.

Ah, Summer Fridays: the season of early exits from the office—and the perfect day for Celebrity News Dumps!

Today, two A-List couples revealed they were splitting up: Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith (married for 18 years) and Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart, who have been together since 2011.

So what's at stake with their splits? Naturally, we called upon Vikki Ziegler, star of our new show Untying the Knot to weigh in with her thoughts.

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith
Antonio and Melanie lasted much longer than most Hollywood couples and it's more like an eternity being married for 18 years in the world of celebs. This will be Melanie's fourth divorce and Antonio's second. And divorce statistics show that first time marriages end at a 50% rate; second time marriages end at a 63% rate and third time marriages fail at a rate of 72%. This divorce is no exception.

They have lots of money and property to fight over with homes and assets in the U.S. and Spain. Their daughter will turn 18 soon so let's hope custody will not be an issue, although Melanie is reportedly requesting sole custody in her divorce filing. This is a case where you would think they have a tight prenuptial agreement but that doesn't mean she may still be asking for support, which appears to be the case in her divorce filing.

Sometimes, couples defer alimony (AKA spousal support) until the divorce occurs because they need it on a temporary basis until the divorce is final or for a period of time after the divorce to maintain the lifestyle to which he/she became accustomed. It is reported that Antonio is worth $45 million and Melanie is worth $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. It should be interesting but I hope they can resolve their issues outside of the court room with a mediator to ensure it is done quietly and efficiently. Otherwise, they could be in divorce court for some time.


Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart
I think everyone thought the day would come. Although I am a hopeless romantic and thought he was not just boy toy, unfortunately that seems not to be the case. When people separate after a long term marriage like J.Lo did from Marc Anthony, they often look for love in an unlikely place. I think Casper filled a void that she needed for the last 2 1/2 years and was a part of her music career and traveling companion. Most relationships have an expiration period. This one has expired. She is super busy with her career and ended her stint on American Idol. Perhaps she has found new love or is ready to take some time to be alone and reflect on all of her other relationships to work on getting the next one right. Regardless, she is a role model to young woman and I wish her the best.

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