'Divorce Wars' On CNBC: A Look At Millionaires' Messy Divorces


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New TV documentary shows high-profile, high-stake divorces but offers a lesson we all should heed.

If you had a 33 percent chance of crashing every time you drove a car, would you still get behind the wheel? What if there were a 1 in 3 chance of burning your house down every time you lit a match?

Today, millions of people still take the risk of having their home come down around them in a different sense entirely when they enter the institution of marriage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 first marriages will ultimately end in divorce. For some couples this means they've put not only their hearts but millions of dollars at stake. 


On Tuesday, March 29th at 9PM ET/PT, CNBC presents Divorce Wars, a documentary that explores multi-million dollar divorces through the eyes of several wealthy couples enduring excruciating divorce proceedings. In the CNBC original, correspondent Melissa Francis goes inside the bitter proceedings and explores the couples' engagement in a struggle for power, control, money and, ultimately, revenge. Included in the hour long documentary is the highly-publicized divorce of Justine and Elon Musk, co-creator of Paypal and CEO of Tesla Motors, along with the story of a divorcee who fought an 18-year battle to turn a $750,000 settlement into an eventual $15 million. Divorce lawyers specializing in high net-worth cases weigh in on what it takes to win "on the battlefield of emotional pain and financial gain." New Business: Let Me Fund Your Divorce! (For A Cut Of Winnings)

Punctuating the messy divorce proceedings are interviews with the divorce lawyers suggesting various protections to viewers before entering the institution of marriage, and what not to do if facing an imminent divorce. For example: