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Actors Rachael Leigh Cook, of “She’s All That” movie fame, and Daniel Gillies, who starred on “The Vampire Diaries,” were married for nearly 15 years when they filed for divorce last year. But this isn’t the piece of information that’s making news – it’s the agreement they came to, with the help of a private mediator, where their children are concerned.

A Need-to-Know Basis

Cook and Gillies share joint legal and physical custody of their two minor children. That’s normal and straightforward. What is an unusual twist in their divorce settlement is a clause stating that both Cook and Gillies must reveal the identity of any romantic or sexual partner to each other first if they plan to introduce that person to their young children.

The paperwork states: “Prior to introducing any romantic partner (a person either party is dating, having a sexual relationship with, or a non-platonic relationship with) to the children, that party shall advise the other party of their intention, the name of the person, and when that party intends to introduce the children to their romantic partner.”

Could you make this kind of clause work for your Michigan divorce? Should you try to make it work?

The Benefits of Checking Your Ex

Anyone in the middle of a particularly caustic Michigan divorce may see this bit of entertainment and legal news and laugh and think, “No way.” They don’t want to bend to anything their ex wants or prefers, let alone be obligated to share personal details with their ex about who they’re intimate with or simply dating.

If you pause though and eliminate the disdain you may feel for your ex, it’s easier to realize that this kind of ask isn’t really about your ex wanting to keep tabs on you, it’s about wanting the best things for your kids. And plenty of divorcing couples worry about the kind of people their former spouse may bring into their kids’ lives.

At its core, this type of request is about respect – there isn’t gossip to be had, and this isn’t about preventing your ex from getting on with their life. A clause like Cook’s and Gillies’s helps both people check themselves before they move too quickly to usher a new person into their kids’ orbit.

There are arguments to be made for and against nearly every kind of clause in a divorce settlement when children are involved – and that’s a good thing. You should want to think twice before you make any big decisions that could emotionally affect your children – and that includes introducing them to someone new you care about who isn’t the mommy or daddy they know and love.

Reframing Divorce

Cook said in a recent interview that she and her former husband have a new relationship since their divorce and talk about things they never talked about before. “I don’t know,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Divorce needs a new publicist. It’s not that bad.”

If you want an amicable divorce, if you want to add unconventional clauses to your divorce settlement that are right for the new shape of your family unit, if you want to find out whether divorce mediation will work for you and your ex, hire a Macomb, Michigan, divorce lawyer who is ready to support you and your divorce goals. Contact Femminineo Attorneys to schedule your free initial consultation.


What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

Strong Relationships

We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

Expert Staff

Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

Personal Service

At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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