One-Hour Documentary Reported by CNBC’s Melissa Francis Premieres on CNBC on Tuesday, March 29th at 9PM ET/PT

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 16, 2011—With the invitations sent, the tables set and the wedding cake ready to be cut, most people aren’t thinking about how their marriage is going to end, but the truth is…maybe they should.

On Tuesday, March 29th at 9PM ET/PT, CNBC presents “Divorce Wars,” a one-hour documentary that goes inside the confidential world of multi-million dollar divorces revealing the secrets of winning and losing on a battlefield of emotional pain and financial gain. In this CNBC Original, Correspondent Melissa Francis reports on the bitter conflicts for control, power and revenge that come when couples go from trusted allies to warring factions.

The documentary explores high-net-worth divorce and the latest technologies for winning the war through the eyes of several wealthy couples, including the messy and highly-publicized divorce of Justine and Elon Musk—co-creator of Paypal and CEO of Tesla Motors. Although often these break-ups are about more than just money, couples will stop at nothing once they discover the marriage is not all about love and commitment. The documentary examines the story of a divorcee who turned a $750-thousand settlement into $15 million after an 18-year battle. And, CNBC reveals what happens when the nastiest weapon in a divorce war is employed…a false charge of sexual abuse.

With estimates on the financial impact of divorce in this country as high as $11 billion and one in three first marriages ending in divorce, there’s money to be made in the battle. CNBC speaks with two entrepreneurs who turned their divorce wars into new businesses. And, Francis accompanies a private investigator as he works a divorce case.

For more information including web extras, slideshows and extended video clips, log onto divorcewars.cnbc.com.

CNBC’s “Divorce Wars” is produced exclusively for CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, by Kurtis Productions.

Charles Schaeffer is the Executive Producer for CNBC. Kevin Kane is the Producer and Jamie Corsi is the Coordinating Producer for CNBC. Mike West is the Executive Producer for Kurtis Productions. Molly Bedell is the Producer and Dan Delaney is the Associate Producer. Ray Borelli is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Research, Scheduling and Long Form Programming.

CNBC’s “Divorce Wars” will re-air on Tuesday, March 29th at 10 PM ET/PT, Thursday, March 31st at 8PM ET and Sunday, April 3rd at 11PM ET.

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