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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Final Cut Painless For Presley, Jackson

NEW YORK -- If you're expecting fireworks from the divorce of Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson, forget it. The often-predicted split probably will be clean and quick, and neither the pop superstar nor Elvis Presley's only child ever will appear in court, Hollywood lawyers said.


"It will all be handled by the lawyers,'' said Los Angeles attorney Larry Ginsberg.


Norman Dolan, a Los Angeles celebrity lawyer, agreed that the divorce probably would be settled out of court. "It would not behoove either of [them] to be very public in any matter of this sort,'' he said.


The final split will be quiet and genteel mainly because money -- which leads to most of the acrimonious, headline-provoking celebrity divorces -- will not be an issue, predicted Hollywood attorneys.


Suggesting that neither would seek a financial settlement, Ginsberg said: "Without a doubt there was a prenuptial agreement. I would doubt they left anything to chance. Legally speaking, there won't be any issues.''


Jackson is said to be worth more than $150 million. Presley, sole heir to Elvis Presley's estate, is believed to be worth more than $100 million.


After 20 months of marriage, Presley filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences.


Raoul Felder, the New York City celebrity divorce lawyer, is among many who believe that the marriage was designed to boost Jackson's credibility after charges by a 13-year-old boy that the superstar sexually molested him. Jackson settled the boy's civil lawsuit with a reported multimillion-dollar sum.


Meanwhile, the announcement of the split has fueled speculation as to why Presley decided to end it now.


One persistent report quoted unidentified friends as saying that Presley's two children from her first marriage didn't like Jackson. Another reported cause of friction between them was that Presley was a member of the Church of Scientology and Jackson refused to join.