Every day, we are learning that celebrities are just normal people going through normal struggles, except they often have a higher net worth than most of us. This is being highlighted by the contentious divorce of Dr. Dre and his estranged wife of 24 years, Nicole Young.

Wife wants mistresses to testify

According to documents filed with the court, Ms. Young, wants three alleged mistresses to testify against her soon-to-be ex-husband, Dr. Dre. However, none of these women want to participate in the $1 billion court battle, which is why Ms. Young is seeking subpoenas. This would force these women to testify against their will.

The basis of forced testimony

Ms. Young believes that Dr. Dre destroyed their 1996 premarital agreement after they were married as a romantic gesture. She believes that these women have evidence to that fact. But, the lawyer representing the alleged mistresses states that they do not, in fact, have any relevant information. This is important because California, like most states, is a no-fault divorce state, so it does not matter whether either spouse cheated on the other.

The takeaways

While Farmington Hills, Michigan, residents thinking about divorce or already going through a divorce likely do not have a $1 billion case, this case does offer an example of how contentious divorces can become. In this case, the court could grant the subpoenas, which would force the testimony of people who do not wish to be part of the case. This is why it is so important to ensure that one contacts an attorney early in the process, and that any documents related to the marriage are held by their legal representatives. Especially for pre- and post-marital agreements, their existence and validity should rarely be disputed.