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"Dog Whisperer" wants divorce publicity hushed

Not all divorces among the famous are uncivil affairs. Some well-known personalities enter into divorce proceedings amicably or at least without overt contention. Celebrity wealth inflates the figures at the divorce settlement table. The marriage-ending process for celebrated divorcing couples remains much the same as it does for not-so-rich, not-so-recognized marriage partners.

Divorce papers were filed recently for the "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan and his wife Ilusión. The couple has been married 16 years, successfully partnered in business ventures and parented two sons.

Mexican-born Millan is an author, the owner of a 40-plus acre psychological center for dogs and the long-time host of the globally-broadcast television show "Dog Whisperer" on the National Geographic Channel. The 42-year-old owns a separate corporation that includes a charitable foundation, a dog-products business and an outlet for personal, public appearances and seminars. The "Dog Whisperer's" yearly income from television and side businesses is reported to be more than $2 million.

Ilusión, who contributed design and administrative work for Cesar Millan Inc., has asked the court for an up-front $400,000 payment from her husband. She requested continued payments of $23,000 and $10,000 monthly for respective alimony and child support.

Divorce documents give no clue as to Ilusión's ongoing participation in any of her soon-to-be former husband's businesses.

The Millan's original divorce papers, filed in the summer of 2010, stated the couple separated after their first son was born. The spousal business partners later reunited, although the Cesar and Ilusión Millan Foundation was renamed and shortened to include only the couple's last name.

One stipulation in the recent petition that is commonly included among divorce agreements among the rich and famous is a privacy contract. The new divorce papers filed for the Millan's insist that each spouse maintains confidentiality about the parties' personal information, affairs and relationships. Non-commercial images and recordings of the divorcing spouses are to be kept private to prevent unwanted attention from the media and the public.

Source:, "'Dog Whisperer' host finalizes divorce, must pay ex-wife $23,000 a month," Wendy Carpenter, April 21, 2012

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