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Famed rapper’s wife gives herself “birthday present” of divorce


Many Florida residents often have stereotypical views of the legal system based on their limited interaction with it. This is common when it comes to divorce proceedings, as individuals may not truly understand what divorce cases are like until they find themselves involved in one.

Often a person’s experience with divorce can differ from their preconceived notion. For instance, while many may envision divorce as a sad and somber affair, others may find themselves feeling free when going through a divorce, or experiencing a weight being lifted off their shoulders.


This was the case for Laura Van Winkle, who recently filed for divorce in Florida from her husband, Rob Van Winkle, otherwise known as rapper Vanilla Ice. While the high-profile couple was married for over 19 years, Laura stated she was giving herself a “birthday present” by filing for divorce on her 46th birthday. This was because she indicated she had planned to file for divorce for quite some time, but found herself scared to go through with the process.

It remains to be seen how the couple’s high asset divorce will be resolved. But the sentiments expressed above are more common than some might think. Divorces typically do not arise out of nowhere, as the couple may be headed in that direction for quite some time before the divorce filing itself. Accordingly, when the divorce is filed, individuals may feel a sense of relief as they move forward with the next phase in their life and resolve the issues that have been lingering for quite some time.

Of course, the filing of the divorce is the first step in the process. Individuals still need to be vigilant to protect their best interests in the divorce, which can involve significant matters in their life like financial issues, child custody matters and other factors.

Source: South Florida Reporter, “Vanilla Ice's wife:  I'm divorcing his ass 'cause I can't live a lie!,” Jose Lambiet, Oct. 21, 2016

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