Posted Oct 01, 2009 05:33 pm CDT
Divorcing actress Kim Basinger was hell, says actor Alec Baldwin. Plus it cost both of them some $3 million in legal fees.
But in a book that details the wrenching experience and has just been released in paperback, A Promise to Ourselves, he also offers some advice to others about avoiding the worst of the pitfalls he experienced. Among his suggestions: File first, get a lawyer who is not only skilled but someone you like and hire a good therapist.
“I have heard people use words like ‘spent’ and ‘hollowed out’ to describe the ultimate result of protracted divorce litigation. Sadly, I have learned that little of this is hyperbole,” writes Baldwin in an excerpt published by ABC News. “Divorce litigation becomes like The Island of Dr. Moreau in H.G. Wells’ novel. The abused and horrified litigants want to row their boat away from that island at any cost.”
Earlier related coverage:
Daily Mail: “Alec Baldwin apologises for calling daughter, 11, a ‘rude thoughtless pig’”
Los Angeles Times: “Emmy winner Alec Baldwin talks about the book he didn’t want to write”
New York Times (book review): “Actor Battles to Play a Bigger Role as a Father”