Written by NW Staff, November 19, 2016
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With millions of dollars on the line and potentially career-ruining secrets to suppress, it’s no wonder stars headed for Splitsville hire the best in the biz…

Brangelina raked in a whopping $900 million in combined earnings since they first hooked up in 2004. So it’s perhaps no surprise Angelina Jolie raced to get Hollywood’s top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser on her side when she decided to dump Brad Pitt.

Having represented Ange in her previous split from Billy Bob Thornton, as well as a host of other stars like Johnny Depp, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Gwen Stefani and Mariah Carey, Laura is widely considered the best in Tinseltown.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 09: Johnny Depp's lawyer Laura Wasser arrives for a court appearance at Stanley Mosk Courthouse on August 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Amber Heard is requesting an extension of a stay-away order against estranged husband Depp, who she alleges physically abused her during a fight in May. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Laura arriving at a court appearance for the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard case in August…

So what goes on behind the scenes during a Hollywood divorce? We’ve got all the inside goss…

TMI clients

When it comes to their private lives, they love to overshare. “I’m saying, ‘It doesn’t matter!’ But people want to tell me all about whatever was the matter or weird in their sex lives,” explains Laura.

“I say to them, ‘I really don’t need to hear it and I certainly don’t need to see it. Please don’t bring me any pictures. Please don’t bring me any videos. I believe you.’

Who gets the millions?

Celeb divorces can be extremely painful for the wealthier partner, especially as California has communal property laws.

“[In California], you can sit on the couch and eat bonbons while your husband’s at work, and you’ll still get half of everything,” points out Laura.

Tricks of the trade

Lawyers won’t hesitate to haul out incriminating evidence when it’s needed. And thanks to the paparazzi, bad behaviour can easily be proven – no private investigator needed!

“We had a case where there was an issue of somebody drinking and we found a picture in the papers, a tabloid, of that person in New York with a glass…it was obvious what it was,” remembers Laura.

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