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Reality TV star files for divorce from former football player

12016760_S (1).jpgViewers in Missouri of "Kendra on Top" may recognize Kendra Wilkinson, who got her start in entertainment as a Playboy model. At the age of 32, she has filed for divorce from Hank Baskett, a former professional football player. They exchanged vows in 2009 and have two children, an 8-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl. With a separation date on her legal filings of Jan. 1, her divorce paperwork requested joint legal and physical custody of the children. She gave irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

Wilkinson announced publicly that she still loved Baskett, but her efforts could not save the marriage. She said that she would focus on being a strong parent for her children.

In 2014, their marital trouble became public when Basket allegedly had an affair. Rumors circulated that he had a romantic encounter with a transgender model when Wilkinson was eight months pregnant. In a media interview, he said that drug use interfered with his judgment. He acknowledged causing his family pain.

Whether someone is a celebrity or a private individual, divorce raises issues that often benefit from legal advice. A person who wants to end a marriage may work with a family law attorney to learn about parental rights and how the law might dictate the division of marital property. In addition to preparing court paperwork, an attorney may manage negotiations with the other party to determine the terms of the divorce settlement. Legal representation might allow a person to achieve a settlement that does not inflict financial hardship or restrict relationships with children.

Source: People, "Kendra Wilkinson Files for Divorce from Hank Baskett After Almost 9 Years of Marriage", Michele Corriston, April 6, 2018

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