Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are having marriage problems and may be heading for a divorce. According to Star magazine, the couple is gearing up for a trial separation while they try to sort out their problems. Joel is heading to Australia to be on their version of ‘The Voice’ even though Nicole urged him to stay at home to work on their issues. She can’t believe that he is putting his work before their family.

The couple used to always wear smiles for the paparazzi but hasn’t been photographed on the red carpet together since Paris Fashion Week back in May and a family lunch in June. The stress from all the constant bickering has put a strain on their marriage and they are going to take their time apart to evaluate their problems… against Nicole’s wishes.

I don't know why she is so upset about taking a break...this strategy worked out so well for Joel's musical career with Good Charlotte.