Once it is clear that a divorce is going to occur, if there are children, there is frequently a child custody contest. Such contests can be draining emotionally as well as costly. In the case, for example of a custody battle involving Kelly Rutherford, well-known for her role in Gossip Girl, custody was ultimately granted to her ex-spouse, who was also permitted to take the couple's two children, both of them relatively young, with him to live in Europe.
One observer believed that the celebrity had aged in looks considerably in the process of the fight for custody of her kids. Substantial legal fees were incurred, and now she will have substantial reoccurring plane fares to travel to see her children. In some instances, an attorney may be able to tell a parent what their chances are of gaining the custody arrangement that they want.