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When Even the Best-Laid Divorce Plans Go Awry

Karen Elson.
Karen Elson. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/2012 Getty Images

Two years ago, model Karen Elson and her husband Jack White threw a divorce party — or, according to the invitation, a “swing bang hum dinger” to “celebrate the making and breaking of the sacred union of marriage with our best friends and animals.” Way to turn a sad and potentially awkward situation into a cool one! But sadly, what started off as a great example of amicable parting has devolved into the usual legal quagmire of custody disputes and so forth. Yesterday, Elson obtained a restraining order against White, citing “fears for her and the children’s safety as a result of [White’s] harassment” and claiming that he contacted her and her children “in an inappropriate and aggressive manner.” The affidavit added, “This pattern of husband’s bullying wife into submission was a contributing factor in the demise of their marriage.”

When contacted by E!, Elson said politely, “This is a private matter. I thank you for respecting my family’s privacy and will be making no further comment.” The couple has two kids together, ages 5 and 7, who reside with Elson in Nashville, Tennessee.

Well, all the best to them. Like the best weddings, even the coolest divorce parties don’t ensure smooth sailing afterward.

When Even the Best-Laid Divorce Plans Go Awry