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Debra Messing Seeks Divorce


Another celebrity couple is divorcing after many years of marriage.

Actress Debra Messing, best known for her television roles in ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘The Starter Wife’,  is seeking a divorce from her husband of eleven years, Daniel Zelman.

Messing met her husband, who happens to be an actor and screen writer, at NYU in 1990.  Both were attending graduate school at the university and actually met on the first day of class.  They were married in 2000, and their son Roman was born in 2004.

Unfortunately, like many marriages these days, theirs fell apart and Messing separated from Zelman in December of last year and filed for divorce on June 5, of this year. The former couple have both said they want this to be a amicable divorce especially since they have a son to consider.

When discussing the breakdown of her marriage, Debra said, “Twenty years.  It’s a very long time.  I think the institute of marriage is a noble thing.  The idea of a partner for life is incredibly romantic.  But now we’re living to 100.  A hundred years ago people were dying at age 37.  Til death do us part was a much different deal.”

Messing was off a bit on her statistics as the life expectancy a hundred years ago for men was 51.5 years and for women 55.9 years.  One has to remember infant mortality rate was much higher then and that mortality rate number figured into and brought down the life expectancy age of that era.

Both Messing and Zelman plan to jointly raise their son and have said that they “are fully committed to raising their son together” and they “remain best of friends.”  Debra is seeking spousal and child support from Zelman.

Divorce can be an emotional and stressful time, especially when there is a child involved.  An amicable divorce eases the stress, the emotional upheaval, the struggles over child support, and whatever  else figures into the divorce, and makes the whole process easier on all involved.

Messing has already moved on to a new relationship with her co-star from ‘Smash’, Will Chase.  ‘Smash’ is a musical pilot that premiered on February 6, 2012, and will be a new series for NBC in the fall.


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