Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn’s Husband Files for Divorce

Thomas Vonn, husband of Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, told the the Associated Press that he filed for divorce last week. The couple married in September 2007.

Vonn won a gold medal in the downhill and a bronze in the super-G at the 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver. Thomas Vonn is a former U.S. Olympic skier and was Lindsey’s chief advisor on and off the slopes until recently when news of their divorce broke.

Source:  ABC News (Associated Press), “Lindsey Vonn, Husband Begin Divorce Proceedings,” Pat Graham, November 28, 2011

Frankie Valli’s Wife Seeks Attorney’s Fees in Divorce Battle

Frankie Valli’s wife is seeking attorney’s fees to help cover her legal tab in their divorce case which has been brewing since 2004.

The Four Seasons frontman and his wife were married for 20 years and had three children together. Randy is currently receiving $30,000 a month for spousal support and her share of royalties from the band’s hit musical “Jersey Boys.” The couple has yet to reach a divorce settlement.

Randy claims that Frankie makes over $515,000 a month.

Source: Contact Music.com, “Valli’s Ex Demands Extra Money To Cover Divorce Lawyers’ Fees,” November 22, 2011

Hulk Hogan’s Wife Received Over $10 Million in Divorce Settlement

The details of Hulk Hogan’s confidential divorce settlement with his ex-wife Linda were made public by new court documents filed by Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bollea) this week.

The couple married in 1983 and divorced in 2009. Per their settlement, Linda received 70% of the couple’s liquid assets ($7.44 million for her share), a 40% ownership interest in the wrestler’s companies, and a $3 million “property settlement.”

Linda also got to keep a Mercedes, a Cadillac Escalade, a Chevrolet Corvette, and a Rolls-Royce. Hogan was allowed to hold on to the rest of his car collection.

In exchange for the hefty pay-out, Hogan does not have to pay Linda any spousal support (or alimony).

Source: USA Today, “Details of Hulk Hogan’s costly divorce become public,” Tom Weir, November 23, 2011

Wisconsin Court Orders Japanese Woman to Return Child to U.S.

A Milwaukee County judge told a Japanese woman to return her daughter to the child’s father in Wisconsin or face imprisonment for felony child abduction.

Dr. Moises Garcia was awarded custody of his 9-year old daughter Karina three years ago, but has only seen her once in Japan. Emiko Inoue, Karina’s mother, took the girl to Japan and refused to return.

Inoue was arrested this spring in Hawaii for child abduction. The Milwaukee judge agreed to accept a plea to a lesser charge if Karina is returned to Garcia within a month. Inoue will remain in jail until her parents in Japan return Karina to Wisconsin.

“This is the first time a Japanese citizen who kidnapped an American child from the United States soil in violation of previously established jurisdiction and laws has been held accountable for the criminal act here in a US court,” says Patrick Braden, founder of Global Future, an organization that lobbies Washington to take a tougher stand against Japan in international child custody cases.

Source: WISN.com, “Judge Orders Girl, 9, Returned to Father from Japan,” Nick Bohr, November 21, 2011

American Idol Winner Files for Divorce

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard filed for divorce from his wife Zuri in Shelby County, Alabama. The couple married in 2008.

Studdard says in court papers that he and Zuri separated in October 2010. He is asking the court to enforce a prenuptial agreement.

Studdard, who was known as the “Velvet Teddy Bear,” won the second season of American Idol in 2003.

Source: Washington Post (Associated Press), “American Idol winner Ruben Studdard files to divorce his wife of 3 years in Alabama,” November 17, 2011

Demi Moore Announces that She’s Divorcing Ashton Kutcher

Demi Moore told the Associated Press on Thursday that she plans to divorce Ashton Kutcher. Moore’s announcement follows rumors in recent months of alleged infidelity by Kutcher.

Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, have been married since 2005. Moore was previously married to Bruce Willis for 13 and had three daughters from that marriage. Moore and Willis divorced in 2000.

Source: SFGate.com, “Demi Moore to divorce Ashton Kutcher,” Sandy Cohen, November 17, 2011

Stevie B Arrested at Concert for Failing to Pay Child Support

Dance artist Stevie B was arrested by police during his own concert for failing to pay child support.

The “King of Freestyle” was arrested in late September in Springfield, Mass. and owed $420,000 in unpaid child support. Stevie B (whose real name is Steven Bernard Hill) is best known for his hit song “Because I Love You (The Postman Song).”

Source: TMZ, “‘King of Freestyle’ Stevie B Arrested During His Own Concert,” October 1, 2011

“Terminator” Star Owes More Than $15,000 in Child Support

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in October that Edward Furlong owes more than $15,000 in back child support payments to ex-wife Rachael Kneeland.

The “Terminator 2” star and Kneeland have one son together and divorced in 2009. Kneeland stared in the “The Ring” in 2002.

Furlong previously appeared in court in January and told the judge that he is “completely broke.”

Source: TMZ, “‘Terminator’ Star Deadbeat Dad,” October 2, 2011

Terrell Owens Pays Child Support and Avoids Arrest

NFL star Terrell Owens settled a child support dispute with Monique Reynolds and paid back support that he owed her.

Last week, a California judge issued a warrant for Owens’ arrest because he failed to appear at a child support hearing. Ms. Reynolds has requested that the court dismiss her motion for contempt and recall the arrest warrant.

Owens is trying to reduce his child support payments because his income has decreased. The hearing on his request to reduce child support is still pending.

Source: TMZ.com, “Terrell Owens Pays Back Child Support; Arrest Warrant Will Be Recalled,” November 14, 2011

Utah Man Ordered to Pay Spousal Support to Ex-Wife Who Was Living with Teen

The Utah Supreme Court ordered a man to pay spousal support to his ex-wife, even though she may have had a sexual relationship with a teenager and lived in the same house with him.

Tracy and Becky Myers divorced in 2006 and Mr. Myers was ordered to pay $1,200 in monthly spousal support. Myers suspected that his ex-wife was living with a teenager and asked the court to eliminate his alimony payments.

The trial court found that Ms. Myers had a sexual relationship and was cohabiting with a teenager in Provo and held that her husband no longer had to pay spousal support. Under Utah law, spousal support can be terminated if the supported spouse is in a “marriage-like” cohabitation with another person.

The teen was the foster son of Ms. Myers’ parents. Ms. Myers’ children signed affidavits in 2008 alleging that the teenager bragged that Myers was his girlfriend and that the two often flirted with each other and sometimes exhibited jealous behavior.

Ms. Myers appealed the trial court’s decision, which was reversed by the Utah Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Justice Thomas Lee wrote that Ms. Myers relationship “lacked [] other marker[s] of marriage-like cohabitation.”

“Ms. Myers lived as separate guests with distinct roles in the home of Ms. Myers’ parents — Ms. Myers as an adult child sleeping on her parents’ couch and M.H. as their teenage foster son living in a bedroom with other foster children. This relationship did not rise to the level of marriage-like cohabitation.”

Ms. Myers’ attorneys successfully argued on appeal that her husband failed to prove that she had sex with the teenager. However, it is unclear whether she will be charged for having a sexual relationship with her parents’ foster son.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune, “Ex-husband owes alimony to former wife who cohabited with teen, court says,” Melinda Rogers, October 21, 2011