Archive for the 'Celebrity Divorce' Category

March 7th, 2014

Amanda Sheppard Divorces Bryan Ferry

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After being married for a bit over 2 years, Amanda Sheppard, 31, filed divorce paperwork on the grounds that Bryan Ferry, 68, has continuously unreasonable behavior.

District Judge Gibson solidified the couples’ first legal step to ending their marriage by granting them a decree nisi. Now they must wait 6 weeks and a day for the decree absolute, which is binding.

The initial divorce petition was signed on January 16th. To the question “Is the respondent’s behaviour as set out in your petition continuing?”, Sheppard marked “Yes.” It also indicated they are no longer living together.

The couple met while Sheppard was dating one of Ferry’s sons. They were married in 2011 at a resort in Turks and Caicos.

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January 24th, 2014

Divorce Finalized for Jane Lynch

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Jane Lynch and her now ex-wife, Dr. Lara Embry, have finalized the divorce they filed for in July (2013).

The reason for divorce was cited as “irreconcilable differences” but the two remain amicable.

Embry’s request for spousal support in the sum of $93,000 a month was denied and the exact number has not been made public.

Lynch purchased the house and is keeping it.

Lynch and Embry were married in 2010.

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November 22nd, 2013

Rupert and Wendi Murdoch Finalize Their Historic Divorce Settlement

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In a surprisingly friendly court appearance this week, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his longtime wife, Wendi, finalized their mutual divorce settlement, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

In a joint statement released shortly after their court hearing, Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Murdoch, who was the billionaire’s third wife, said they were “pleased to announce that we have reached an amicable settlement of all matters relating to our divorce.”

“We move forward with mutual respect and a shared interest in the health and happiness of our two daughters. We will not comment on this any further,” concluded the former couple’s statement.

The couple finalized their divorce during a hearing this week in Manhattan in a New York state court. During the hearing, the couple told the judge a trial would not be necessary and that they wanted the judge to simply confirm a settlement they reached together.

Celebrities often prefer to settle a divorce case out of court, because private settlements do not become publicly available, whereas the details of a divorce trial would have likely created a publicity frenzy.

The divorce settlement, however, is not expected to damage Rupert Murdoch’s remarkable media empire. Sources say the 82-year-old mogul will continue to hold his biggest media holdings, News Corp. and 21st Century Fox.

Wendi Murdoch, though, will reportedly receive the couple’s pricey Manhattan apartment, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.

The couple’s relatively amicable divorce hearing took place while the couple was reportedly sitting together at a small table in the Manhattan courtroom. And the hearing only took about 15 minutes, according to reports.

During the hearing, which progressed like most other cases, the judge read off a series of simple questions, asked the parties if they had reached a settlement, and then gave the deal her stamp of approval.

The judge also praised the couple for behaving so “amicably” during the process, and the hearing reportedly ended with the 44-year-old wife kissing her former husband on the cheek.

The hearing ends a fourteen-year marriage for the power couple. The Murdochs were reportedly married in New York Harbor on Rupert Murdoch’s yacht, which is reportedly up for sale.

Sources say Ruport Murdoch married his third wife just a few weeks after finalizing his divorce with his second wife, Anna Tory, who is the mother of his three adult children. Rupert and Wendi also had two young daughters together.

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November 1st, 2013

Estranged Wife of Actor Clint Eastwood Reportedly Files for Divorce

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The estranged wife of famous actor Clint Eastwood is reportedly filing for divorce after 17 years of marriage, according to a report this week from CNN.

Sources say Eastwood’s wife, Dina Eastwood, is expected to ask for full child custody (the couple has one young daughter) in her divorce papers.

It’s too early to tell whether Dina will be able to gain full custody of the couple’s, but in many states, courts tend to err on the side of granting legal custody to both parents.

This, of course, might still allow for Dina to keep the child, but even if she does have physical custody, it’s likely that her husband will be able to have a say in all important decisions related to the child’s care.

According to reports, Clint Eastwood’s 48-year-old-wife, a former television news anchor, claimed in her divorce petition that the couple suffers from “irreconcilable differences.” The divorce petition was reportedly filed in Monterey County, California, where the couple resides.

Interestingly, Dina Eastwood filed separation papers in October, but withdrew them a few days later after deciding to change her legal strategy. In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Dina Eastwood said she and her husband remain close, but the two have been living apart “for some time.”

Clint Eastwood became famous at a relatively young age, and has continued to star in and direct major films. He gained even more fame in 2012 when he spoke at the Republican National Convention and memorably spoke to an empty chair.

The divorcing couple reportedly married in March of 1996, and their daughter, who is now 16, was born that December.

Dina Eastwood and her daughter, Morgan, were featured with the actor’s other daughter, Francesca, on a recent reality television show, “Mrs. Eastwood and Company.”

Sources also note that Clint Eastwood has one previous wife, Maggie Johnson, and has had eight children with six different women.

And while the couple certainly has a lot of money to divide between the two of them, the distribution of marital assets is likely covered by a prenuptial agreement, which is common in marriages between wealthy celebrities.

Of course, if they don’t have a prenuptial agreement, things could get messy. It’s more likely, however, that the two will argue over who is granted physical custody of their daughter, although Dina Eastwood has reportedly offered to share legal custody with her soon-to-be former husband.

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September 30th, 2013

Richard Gere and Estranged Wife Reportedly Headed Towards Divorce

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After 11 years of marriage and 18 years together, Richard Gere and his wife, model-turned-actress Carey Lowell, are reportedly looking to hire divorce attorneys, according to a report this week from the Los Angeles Times.


In an interview last year with Yahoo Movies, Lowell claimed that she first had a crush on Gere when she saw his 1982 movie, “An Officer and a Gentleman.” She claims this caused a heated argument with her boyfriend at the time.

But sources say the couple’s marriage has grown rocky, thanks in part to their different personalities. Friends of Lowell say she enjoys socializing frequently, while Gere prefers to live a more private lifestyle.

According to one friend quote in the New York Post, the couple has a home in Bedford, New York, where Gere prefers to stay “because it’s quiet and he likes the solitude,” while Lowell would rather be in their home in “North Haven in the limelight.”

A source close to the celebrity couple claims the 64-year-old actor and his 52-year-old wife have been separated for several months, although a photograph of the couple together at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills in January seems to dispute this notion.

Of course, if the couple simply cooperated for the cameras in an effort to keep their personal lives out of the tabloids, it certainly wouldn’t have been the first such instance of Hollywood restraint.

If the husband and wife do eventually decided to get a divorce, it will be the second such filing for Gere, who was famously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford during the prime of both their careers. In addition, this would be the third divorce for Lowell, sources say.

The speculation about their divorce, however, remains simply guesswork, as the couple has not made any official announcement about their intentions to divorce.

Since divorce records are made public if a couple disputes their case in court, many celebrity married couples prefer to settle their marital differences behind closed doors with a mediator or simply negotiate and reach a settlement with the other side’s attorneys.

These alternative forms of divorce are becoming more popular with non-celebrities, as well, since mediation or settlement talks are often less costly and emotionally charged than a prolonged court battle.

The couple, however, may have a bit of trouble settling their divorce among themselves because they have a 13-year-old son, Homer, who sources say was named after Gere’s father.

The presence of a child doesn’t mean the couple won’t be able to settle the matter out of court, but it certainly makes their divorce process that much more complicated.

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September 18th, 2013

Costly Divorce Forces Best Buy CEO to Sell Millions Worth of Stock

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A pending divorce has forced Best Buy CEO Hubery Joly to sell more than $10 million worth of stock in his company to cover the cost of divorce, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.


Typically, this sort of information wouldn’t be available to the public, as most public figures prefer to settle their divorces out of court in order to keep their personal information private.

This is why many famous celebrities turn to divorce mediation to settle their disputes behind closed doors, rather than in open court in front of the public eye.

But Joly is in a unique position because, thanks to the terms of his employment agreement, he had to report the sale of $10.4 million in Best Buy stock to the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), which monitors the sale of stock by corporate officials.

This week, company spokesman Matt Furman took a page out of the public relations textbook and tried to get ahead of the news by formally announcing the sale of a significant amount of Joly’s stock in the company in a press conference.

“This sale reflects only one thing: Mr. Joly has recently gone through a divorce and needs to sell a portion of his holdings in order to cover the costs of that unfortunate event. He remains heavily invested in Best Buy,” said Joly.

Interestingly, Joly had to receive a special waiver from Best Buy’s board of directors to make the sale because his employment contract prevents him from making such a large sale of stock without the board’s permission.

And when the company filed its report with the SEC giving notice of the unique sale, it made a point to say that “all other terms” of the employment agreement “remain unchanged and in full force and effect.”

In recent years, companies have made stock options larger portions of executive salaries, in an effort to tie the performance of executives to their compensation. But Joly’s costly divorce threw a wrench into this practice, at least with respect to the Best Buy CEO.

Sources say Joly sold 100,686 shares of Best Buy worth nearly $4 million, and also exercised 350,467 stock options that were worth roughly $6.5 million.

According to reports, Joly, who filed for divorce in his native country of France, still owns enough shares of Best Buy to meet the company’s stock ownership guidelines for its corporate executives.

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September 13th, 2013

Wife of George Zimmerman Seeks Divorce After Six Years of Marriage

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The wife of media legend George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder after the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin, is filing for divorce from her controversial husband, according to a report from the Washington Post.


Sources say 26-year-old Shellie Zimmerman and her husband separated on August 13, and she admitted in a recent television interview that her husband had not spent much time at home since he was acquitted in July.

During her interview with “Good Morning America” on ABC, Shellie Zimmerman said that her husband is “selfish” and that she thinks “George is all about George.” She also claimed that he was verbally abusive towards her and that the embarrassing trial had “ruined her life.”

Shellie Zimmerman also lamented her seemingly unrewarded tenure as her husband’s loyal partner during his prolonged legal drama. In her interview, she told ABC, “I have supported him for so long, and neglected myself for too long, and I feel like I’m finally starting to feel empowered again.”

In addition, Shellie Zimmerman said that her husband had been making “some reckless decisions” since a Florida jury acquitted him in the murder of Trayvon Martin, whom George Zimmerman purportedly killed while acting in self-defense.

Sources say George Zimmerman has been pulled over for speeding on two occasions since his arrest. During one of the stops, Zimmerman bragged to a police officer that he had a concealed weapon in his truck. Both times, he was let off with a warning, sources say.

In addition, George Zimmerman was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute involving a gun this week, but his wife apparently is not going to press criminal charges, sources report.

But a 911 call from the recent incident claims that George Zimmerman punched his wife’s father in the nose, and threatened to shoot him, and Zimmerman is reportedly being held in detention by police in Lake Mary, Florida.

Of course, these incidents might prove extra fodder for Shellie Zimmerman during the divorce process, which will likely be a very public affair, despite her wishes.

But the divorce could be a relatively simple affair, as the couple reportedly has no children. Shellie Zimmerman, however, is asking the court for sole possession of Oso and Leroy, their two dogs.

And while the absence of children could make the divorce process a bit simpler, couples in the past have engaged in heated fights over the custody of pets. So if George Zimmerman is intent on having access to their dogs, this could raise an issue in the divorce proceedings.

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August 21st, 2013

Basketball Star Tim Duncan Quietly Settles Divorce With Former Wife

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Tim Duncan, a star basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs, finalized his divorce case this week in a rare, closed hearing outside the courthouse, according to a report from the San Antonio Express-News.


Typically, the end of a divorce case happens in the courthouse, in front of a judge and a court reporter. Judges rarely leave the confines of the courtroom to meet with divorcing parties on their own terms.

Duncan, however, received rare treatment this week when District Judge David A. Canales used his lunch hour to visit the office of Duncan’s local divorce attorney and finalize the divorce between Duncan and his college sweetheart, Amy, in a private hearing.

This action, according to one family law attorney in San Antonio, is “highly unusual,” but was likely granted because it would have been “highly disruptive” for Duncan and his ex-wife to take care of their divorce in court.

Indeed, Duncan, a 7-foot star basketball player for the city’s most beloved team, may be the most recognizable person in San Antonio, and his quiet nature and desire for privacy have made him even more popular with the city’s residents.

In addition, the judge noted that it wasn’t completely out of the ordinary for a judge to hold a hearing away from the courthouse, although he admitted this was the first time he had ever done so.

Judge Canales also said that Duncan and his ex-wife were concerned that their appearance in court would attract paparazzi photographers, which would disrupt the court proceedings and potentially pose a danger to the parties themselves.

“I don’t see it as doing a special favor for the sake of a favor,” said Judge Canales. “These folks were involved in a very private matter. It was mainly for privacy.”

Sources say that details of the divorce have yet to be released, which, given the secretive nature of the divorce proceedings, isn’t much of a surprise. But the couple presumably determined who would have custody of their two children.

The surprise divorce started on March 27, when Amy Duncan filed for separation from her husband while he was gearing up for a playoff run with the Spurs.

The divorce petition offers little explanation for the split, only stating that the marriage had “become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities between petitioner and respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”

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August 8th, 2013

Lead Singer of the Black Keys Accused of Abuse in Divorce Filing

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Dan Auerbach, the sleepy-eyed frontman for Black Keys, a Nashville-based rock band, has been accused of abusing his wife, Stephanie Gonis, in the latter’s divorce petition, according to a report from the Huffington Post.


Sources say the couple’s pending divorce dispute has featured shocking claims by both parties, as they fight to determine who will receive custody of their daughter, Sadie Little, who was born to the couple in 2008.

According to court documents, Auerbach first alleged that his estranged wife attempted to commit suicide two separate times in a single day. The first attempt allegedly occurred when Gonis cut her leg in front of her daughter, and the second attempt led to a fire that could have consumed their home.

Sources say, though, that it is unclear when these alleged suicide attempts took place, and Gonis disputes some of the claims.

Reports indicate that Gonis admitted to trying to commit suicide by cutting her leg, but she says that she was driven to self-harm by the abusive actions of her husband, who announced that he was seeking a divorce this February.

The alleged fire, however, was an accident, according to Gonis, reportedly admitted herself to a treatment center recently, according to reports.

The divorce law attorneys for both sides will likely have their hands full in the dispute between the Grammy-winning singer and his wife, although Auerbach may have the upper hand in the couple’s child custody dispute.

Sources say the guitarist and music producer currently has primary custody of the couple’s daughter, although Gonis is allowed to have supervised visits.

Oddly, the dispute between Auerbach and Gonis has been overshadowed in Nashville by the child custody battle between musician Jack White and his wife, Karen Elson.

Sources say Elson received a restraining order against White after alleging that he sent angry emails demanding that their children move to a different school.

Remarkably, White wanted his children removed from their school because he didn’t want them to be friends with Auerbach’s daughter. Sources say the two musicians have feuded for several years, with White frequently accusing the Black Keys frontman of stealing his sound and band theme.

In an email allegedly sent from White that was released by Elson, White expressed anger that Auerbach was given “free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world.”

White, however, contests the validity of Elson’s claims, denies ever threatening his wife, and further claims that Elson reneged on a promise to settle their divorce without mediation, according to reports.

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August 2nd, 2013

Wendi Murdoch Hires New Divorce Attorney to Battle Husband Rupert

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In a sign that the divorce between Wendi and Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon worth billions of dollars, could take a turn for the nasty, Wendi Murdoch reportedly hired a new divorce attorney this week, according to a report from the New York Times.


Sources say Wendi Murdoch hired William Zabel, a prominent New York attorney who has represented a number of women in their divorces from high-profile husbands. The attorney, for example, recently represented the wife of John Welch, the former leader of General Electric.

Before hiring Zabel, Murdoch had filed for divorce with the aid of Pamela Sloan, who had helped the woman draft the prenuptial agreement with her husband in 1999, sources report.

Sloan, however, became friends with both Murdochs after their wedding, which took place on board Rupert Murdoch’s 155-foot yacht, and Wendi Murdoch was worried that Sloan wouldn’t be as aggressive as a more independent attorney, sources speculate.

And even though the couple signed a prenuptial agreement, which usually prevents lengthy litigation by determining how assets will be split in the event of a divorce, sources say there are plenty of areas of ambiguity yet to be settled.

One of the primary sources of contention will likely be the issues of child support and child custody, which usually aren’t allowed to be determined by prenuptial agreements. The couple has two children, Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9.

In addition, the Murdochs collectively own a staggering number of valuable assets, including the massive yacht, as well as a penthouse on historic Fifth Avenue in New York City.

And to make matters more complicated, the Murdochs’ daughters both have the same interest in his trust has his four children from two previous marriages, but they do not have the same voting rights, which upsets Murdoch’s 44-year-old wife.

Her objections, in fact, may have caused the couple to renegotiate the terms of the trust, and if this is true, attorneys for both sides will likely spend months arguing for more favorable terms for their sides.

In the words of one divorce attorney who isn’t involved in the case, “even with the most sophisticated couple, unless you have perfect 20/20 foresight often some issues can arise that weren’t taken into consideration and are prime for negotiation.”

Indeed, despite the worldly knowledge and incredible wealth of both parties, they will likely fall into the same issues that trouble every couple going through a divorce.

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