Cupid's Pulse Article: Relationship Advice: 5 Lessons to Learn from Celebrity DivorceCupid's Pulse Article: Relationship Advice: 5 Lessons to Learn from Celebrity Divorce

By Dixie Somers

The pain of divorce is a well-known one in our society today. Lending to this general awareness is the constant influx of celebrity break-up news that seems to flow endlessly. Although viewed negatively by some, such news can provide high-profile educational experiences. Take a lesson from these celebrities. Here are five lessons we can learn from celebrity divorces:

Watch the Signs

Sometimes it can be conveniently blissful to ignore certain signs. Ignoring the signs can lead to even greater heartache and woes in the future. Take it from Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of golf legend Tiger Woods. According to various reports, Elin had ignored many troubling signs of the dozens of affairs. Today, Lindsey Vonn is dating Woods. Apparently she isn’t one for signs either.

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Don’t Rush

Time and time again, we see the perils of marrying too quickly. Britney Spears became infamous for rushing to the altar in such a fashion. After a very quick, whirlwind romance excursion, Spears and Jason Alexander got married in a Las Vegas chapel. Sure, they had known each other for a long time before. But the topic of marriage had been fairly instantaneous and unplanned; so too was the decision to end it merely days later.

Get a “Prenup”

Prenuptial agreements protect the marrying parties and their individually owned assets and worth. For chivalry, for love, or maybe just for sheer lack of knowing, some go without any such protective measures. The results seen can be devastating: Mel Gibson paid $425-million, Michael Jordan paid $168-million, Madonna paid approximately $80-million — the list goes on. Talk with a Lexis Nexis lawyer to make sure you’ve done your prenuptial agreement right.

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Don’t Cheat

In case you didn’t know it, cheating is bad, destructive, and a quick end to an otherwise successful marriage. Take Jesse James for example. He had it all – wealth, a name, reputation, career, and last but certainly not least, Sandra Bullock, America’s sweetheart as his wife. So what does the genius do? Cheat. We have seen the sad results for James as Bullock has moved on.

Be Sure

It’s always important to understand your potential partner in marriage on a deep level. You need to really “know” them. Kris Humphries found this out with his brief and now alleged “fake, staged” marriage to socialite celebrity, Kim Kardashian. We still can’t figure out if we should pity Kris and his situation, or simply point to it all as one big public service announcement.

There you have it; five more reasons to be take a second look before saying your vows. If your getting married, do it right. Take a few tips from these celebrity divorce stories.