Former Yahoo President Settles Bitter Multi-Million Dollar Divorce Case

Susan Decker and Michael Dovey announced on Monday that they have settled what has been a bitter and acrimonious divorce case that has lasted over four and a half years.

Decker is the former president of Yahoo and Dovey is a former investment banker at Montgomery Securities. The couple met at Harvard while they were getting their MBAs and married on July 4, 1992. They have 3 children together.

Decker filed for divorce in October 2007 in Marin County Superior Court. Negotiations were going relatively smoothly over the division of approximately $71 million in real estate and liquid asset holdings, including residences in Belvedere, Laguna Beach, and Lake Tahoe. The couple also owned 2 sailboats, 5 motorcycles, four San Francisco Giants season tickets, memberships at the San Francisco Yacht Club and Stanford Golf Club, and 8.8 hours on a Marquis Jet account.

However, the case became a scorched-earth legal battle in 2009 when a confidential letter from Dovey’s lawyers alleging that Decker had extramarital affairs, bugged one of the couple’s homes to spy on him, and engaged in illegal drug use was leaked to the website Gawker, generating a media firestorm. Decker leveled similar charges of infidelity and drug use against Dovey.

Decker and Dovey released a joint statement about their settlement, which provides in part: “As in any acrimonious divorce, certain statements were made by the parties in the process of litigation that were reckless and inaccurate. We deeply regret this.”

According to court documents, the couple has already divided 70% of their assets. Decker and Dovey reached a settlement on Sunday, on the eve of a scheduled trial.

Source: Silicon Valley Mercury News, “Ex-Yahoo president, husband settle bitter divorce case,” Gary Klien, April 22, 2012

“Dog Whisperer” Shells Out Big Bucks in Divorce Settlement

Cesar Milan has settled his divorce with his wife Ilusion.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Milan agreed to make a one-time payment of $400,000 to his ex-wife and pay $23,000 per month in spousal support and $10,000 per month in child support. Milan reportedly earns $170,000 per month.

The couple also agreed to keep the “intimate, personal and/or private information” of each other (including the details of their sexual relationships) confidential.

Source: TMZ.com, “Cesar Milan ‘Dog Whisperer’ Divorce Settled: Must Pay Ex a Fortune,” April 21, 2012

Murdered Petaluma Woman Was Denied Restraining Order Against Husband

A Petaluma woman who was shot and killed by her estranged husband on Sunday was recently denied an emergency restraining order.

Kim Conover was shot outside her divorce attorney’s office in downtown Petaluma on April 15th by her husband Kevin Conover, who then turned the gun on himself. Mr. Conover was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife died later that evening in a hospital.

The Petaluma police investigated allegations of domestic abuse five times over the past year. According to the police, no one was ever arrested.

Ms. Conover asked the police for an emergency protective order six days before she was killed, accusing Mr. Conover of grabbing her earlier that day. A Sonoma County Superior Court judge denied her request after finding there was no evidence that Conover was in immediate danger.

Conover made inconsistent statements to the police about whether there had been domestic abuse. In April 2011, she told officers that Kevin Conover had assaulted her on earlier occasions.

A few months later in June, police obtained an emergency protective order after Conover told them that her husband grabbed her, but she later told the police that she did not want him prosecuted. Conover also denied any history of physical abuse.

According to friends, Kim Conover filed for divorce in March.

Source: SF Gate.com, “Slain Petaluma wife was denied restraining order,” Henry K. Lee, April 20, 2012

Petaluma Woman Shot and Killed by Husband Outside Divorce Lawyer’s Office

A Petaluma schoolteacher was shot and killed by her estranged husband outside her divorce attorney’s office on Sunday.

Kim Conover was shot in downtown Petaluma by her husband Kevin Conover on Sunday afternoon, who then turned the gun on himself. Mr. Conover was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife died later that evening in a hospital.

Ms. Conover’s attorney, Jeff Zimmerman, was briefly detained and handcuffed by the police before it was determined that he was not involved in the shooting.

A friend of Kim Conover said that she filed for divorce about a month ago. The couple had been married for two years and had 21 month old twins. Ms. Conover had two daughters (aged 12 and 15) from a previous relationship.

Kim Conover was a 2nd grade teacher at Meadow Elementary School in Petaluma.

Source: SFGate.com, “Man kills wife outside divorce lawyer’s office,” Henry K. Lee, April 16, 2012

“Cops” Creator’s Wife Files for Divorce

The wife of John Langley, the creator of the popular show “Cops,” has filed for divorce.

John and Maggie Langley have been married for 40 years and have no minor children from their marriage.

“Cops” has been on the air since 1989 and is still running. The couple reportedly bought a beachfront house in Manhattan Beach a few years ago.

Source: TMZ.com, “ ‘Cops’ Creator’s Wife – What’s She Gonna Do? She’s Gonna Divorce Him,” April 11, 2012

Marc Anthony Files for Divorce from J-Lo

Marc Anthony filed for divorce from Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday.

The couple married in 2004 and announced their split last July. Anthony is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their twins (Emme and Max), who are 4 years old.

This is Lopez’s third divorce and Anthony’s second.

Source: TMZ.com, “Marc Anthony Files for Divorce from Jennifer Lopez,” April 11, 2012

Tiki Barber’s Divorce Finalized

Former NFL star Tiki Barber has finalized his divorce from his wife Ginny.

Ginny filed for divorce in 2010 after it was revealed that he was having an affair while she was pregnant with twin girls. Barber is still romantically linked to the other woman, Traci Lynn Johnson, who was an intern at NBC while Barber was a correspondent for the “Today” show. According to the New York Daily News, NBC fired Barber for breaking the morality clause in his contract.

The Barbers were married for 11 years and have four children.

Source: Miami Herald, “Tiki Barber’s divorce finalized,” April 6, 2012

Wife of Movie Mogul Bob Weinstein Files for Divorce

The wife of film producer Bob Weinstein has filed for divorce.

Anne Weinstein filed for divorce in New York and is also asking for a restraining order against her husband. A spokesman for Bob Weinstein says that Anne is reacting to an intervention to deal with a drinking problem.

The couple married in 2000 and has two children.

Weinstein and his brother Harvey produced “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient,” and “Shakespeare in Love.”

Source: Seattle Times, “Bob Weinstein’s wife files for divorce in NY,” Associated Press, April 7, 2012

Heidi Klum Files for Divorce from Seal

Heidi Klum has filed for divorce from Seal in L.A. County Superior Court.

Klum has retained high profile lawyer Laura Wasser to represent her in her divorce proceedings. According to documents filed by Klum with the court, the couple signed a post nuptial agreement to separate their assets.

Klum and Seal have four children from their marriage. Klum is asking for joint legal custody of the kids, but wants sole physical custody with visitation rights for Seal.

Source: TMZ.com, “Heidi Klum Files for Divorce,” April 6, 2012