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Liberty Ross and Rupert Sanders divorce

British model Liberty Ross has filed for divorce from her film director husband Rupert Sanders six months after his affair with actress Kristen Stewart was revealed.

Ross filed divorce papers in Los Angeles stating the ubiquitous ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for the split. Though frequently cited as such in the United States, ‘irreconcilable differences’ is not recognised as legitimate grounds for divorce in England and Wales.

Sanders and Stewart found themselves the centre of tabloid scrutiny when pictures were released to the press showing the pair kissing in a car park in July 2012. The two had apparently become involved briefly after having worked together on the film Snow White and the Huntsman, which also starred Charlize Theron and featured Liberty Ross in a supporting role.

Both Stewart and Sanders publicly apologised to their respective partners, and both couples appeared eventually to have reconciled. However, it seems as if the affair caused an irreparable strain to be placed on the Ross/Sanders marriage.

Ross, who had been a relatively high profile Vogue fashion model in the UK, modelling for the like of Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano before she moved with Sanders to LA in order to pursue his directorial career, had previously admitted to marital difficulties. In an interview with the Daily Mail’s ‘You’ magazine before the affair scandal broke, Ross admitted that the move to LA had been “isolating and daunting”, and that she felt that she was raising her children “alone”.

Ross is seeking joint ‘custody’ of their children – as it is termed in the US – as well as spousal support and legal fees.

Charlotte Newman
Charlotte worked with Vardags from May 2013 to February 2016.

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Charlotte Newman is Vardags’ in-house journalist. She’s been in charge of Vardags’ onsite blog as well as working with lawyers to pen content for external publication and is now editing the new Vardags Family Law New Site. A graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge with a Master’s in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck, University of London, she’s a non-lawyer, providing the layperson’s perspective on legal happenings and their wider social reach. She will contribute content across the board, attempting to work as many as literary references as possible into proceedings. In the words of Erin Brockovich: “I’m not a lawyer, I just work for them.”

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