What's Next in Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman's Divorce?
Divorce experts weigh in on Drew Barrymore's split from Will Kopelman
brightcove.createExperiences(); Drew Barrymore created the family of her dreams with husband Will Kopelman – but their marriage fell apart. Subscribe now for the real story behind their decision to divorce, only in PEOPLE.
A source says that Barrymore has hired high-profile attorney Laura Wasser to handle her divorce. Wasser has represented other A-list stars such as Jennifer Garner (in her divorce from Ben Affleck, Maria Shriver (in her divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Denise Richards (in her divorce from Charlie Sheen).
As for the division of Barrymore and Kopelman’s assets, New York divorce attorney Nancy Chemtob, who does not represent either party, tells PEOPLE, “I cannot imagine there was not a prenup – therefore, this case would not be in court.”
Instead, the former couple will most likely sort out the details of their divorce privately – and those who know them best do not expect a custody battle. “They fundamentally agree on everything when it comes to their girls,” a family source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
“I would suspect that these young people would want to have a joint custody arrangement,” Marilyn B. Chinitz, a Manhattan-based divorce attorney, tells PEOPLE. “And because [the kids are] small at this point and they’ve not yet been in school, they have that flexibility.”
She adds: “The court will look to balance so that both parents will have access to the children and both parents can enjoy raising the children, because those children deserve both parents.”
For more details inside Barrymore and Kopelman’s decision to end their marriage, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday
The actress recently attended the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival on April 2 and is scheduled to attend the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s annual fundraising event in New York on April 12. She is also expected to attend the Safe Kids Day event in Los Angeles on April 24.
But her main focus is her two daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 1.
“Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority,” Barrymore and Kopelman told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.