Out-of-court divorce settlement for Brinkley

Former supermodel Christie Brinkley and her estranged husband Peter Cook have finally reached an out-of-court divorce settlement after a two-year battle.

The agreement will see Brinkley awarded full custody of the couple's daughter and her son from a previous marriage, as well as ownership of their real estate portfolio.

Cook meanwhile will receive a financial settlement worth $2.1 million (£1.06 million) and visitation rights to see the two children.

The settlement ended five days of testimony in which Brinkley accused her husband of having an affair with his 18-year-old assistant and spending thousands on internet pornography.

In an effort to prevent the dispute from escalating, Cook, 49, and Brinkley, 54, came to an agreement with which they both claim to be happy.

Brinkley said: "I'm very pleased with the results today. I think a mother's greatest fear is somebody trying to take custody of her children. And so I've won custody and decision-making, and that's really all I ever wanted."

According to the Guardian, many celebrities and non-famous couples are now choosing to sign prenuptial agreements in the hope of preventing a messy divorce should they decide to split.

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Published on: July 14, 2008

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