After reuniting as a band and returning to the music scene in 2019, the Jonas Brothers have been making headlines month after month. The band of three brothers, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas, recently embarked on their stadium tour, “The Tour,” where they perform a three-hour setlist and over 60 songs. Joe Jonas has not only been making headlines with his brothers, but also with his soon-to-be ex-wife.
In early September, the news broke that Joe Jonas filed for divorce from his wife, Sophie Turner. The pair were married in 2019 after dating for three years. The two are said to have a prenuptial agreement in place to protect their assets, as they are both wealthy celebrities with a joint estimated net worth of $62 million. Joe and Sophie have two children together, a three-year-old named Willa, and another 14-month-old daughter. It is rumored that Joe is seeking joint custody of the two children.
Joe Jonas filed for divorce in Miami-Dade County, Florida, however the grounds for divorce are similar to the grounds for divorce in New York. In New York, there are seven grounds for divorce. They are listed in the Domestic Relations Law section 170. These grounds include irretrievable breakdown of the marriage for at least 6 months, cruel and inhumane treatment, abandonment, imprisonment, adultery, divorce after a legal separation, and divorce after a judgment of separation. “Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage for at least 6 months” is considered the “no-fault” grounds for divorce. “No-fault” means that the person filing for the divorce does not have to prove that a party is at fault for the marriage failing. Spouses cannot legally put the blame on each other for ending the marriage, whether it be to get more property or a higher amount in maintenance. If Joe Jonas filed for divorce in New York, he would likely do so on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage for at least 6 months. By filing for divorce on these grounds, Joe Jonas would not be placing any blame on Sophie Turner, legally at least.
Divorce can be very difficult for anyone to go through. Being a celebrity does not make it any easier. There are some strategies that a person in the public eye, such as Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, can make use of to help navigate divorce while their lives are under a microscope. One strategy is to engage in mediation or collaborative divorce. These processes can be more private and less adversarial than traditional litigation, keeping some of the details out of the public eye. Another strategy for celebrities is to maintain a unified front. Joe and Sophie have both attempted to do this after the media got hold of their situation. Rumors began to swirl, but Joe and Sophie shared a joint message on their social medias saying that it was a mutual and united decision to get divorced, hoping that the fans and the media will respect their privacy.