Lawyer Shot by Husband Files for Divorce

A Georgia attorney who was shot by her husband has filed for divorce.

Adina Parson (40) was allegedly shot eight times by Michael Parson (43) outside the couple’s apartment in April 2012. Adina Parson was critically injured and her husband was arrested in Texas two weeks after the shooting. Mr. Parson is in Fulton County jail awaiting trial. Prosecutors believe that Michael Parson was leading a double life and was engaged to another woman.

Adina Parson filed for divorce in Fulton County Superior Court. She is seeking a restraining order against her husband in the event that he is released from jail.

The couple was married in May 2009. Before the shooting, Adina Parson was an attorney with the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Source: Atlanta-Journal Constitution, “Attorney allegedly shot by husband files for divorce,” Alexis Stevens, March 18, 2013

Kordell Stewart Files for Divorce Against “Real Housewives” Star

Former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart has filed for divorce from his wife Porsha Williams.

Stewart filed for divorce in Fulton County, Georgia on March 22nd. The couple was married in May 2011 and has no children together.

Williams currently stars on “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Stewart was a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and Baltimore Ravens. He retired from the NFL in 2005.

Source: TMZ.com, “Kordell Stewart Slashes Marriage to ‘Real Housewives’ Star,” March 26, 2013

Vanessa Marcil and Carmine Giovinazzo’s Divorce Final

Former “90210” star Vanessa Marcil and “CSI: NY” actor Carmine Giovinazzo’s divorce has been finalized.

Marcil filed for divorce last year. The couple married in 2010 and has no children. As part of their property settlement, Marcil gets to keep a 2009 Chevy Silverado, the couple’s L.A. home, some bank accounts, and all rights to her baby clothes company (“Baby Gagoo”).

Giovinazzo was assigned as his separate property a 2002 Mercedes CLK, a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a 2010 Triumph motorcycle, a 1969 Pontiac GTO, a 2009 Ducati motorcycle, a 2011 Chevy Camaro, and some bank accounts.

Source: TMZ.com, “Former ‘90210’ Star Divorce Final from Nicest DUI Arrestee Ever,” March 18, 2013

Former “Good Day L.A.” Host Announces Plans to Divorce

TV hostess Jillian Barberie Reynolds announced last week that she and actor Grant Reynolds are getting divorced.

“It is with great regret that my marriage to Grant is ending after more than six years,” Barberie Reynolds said in a statement. The couple was married in 2006 and has two children: Ruby (5) and Rocco (3).

Barberie Reynolds was previously married to baseball player Bret Barberie. They divorced in 2002. Barberie Reynolds was the co-host of “Good Day L.A.” and has served as a weather reporter on “Fox NFL Sunday.” She also has a recurring role on the sitcom, “Good Morning, Miami.”

Source: CBS News.com, “Jillian Barberie Reynolds announces divorce,” ET Online, March 15, 2013

Woman Dismisses Paternity Suit Against Michael Jordan

A Georgia woman who filed a paternity action against Michael Jordan has dismissed her case against the former NBA star.

Pamela Smith filed a paternity action against Jordan on February 6th in Fulton County, Georgia. Smith claims that she and Jordan had sexual relations in 1995 and she gave birth to Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds in June 1996.

Smith filed documents with the court requesting that her paternity case be dismissed without prejudice, which means that she is free to re-file her suit at a later time if she wants to. Smith had recently requested that the court order Jordan to undergo a DNA test.

Randy Kessler, Smith’s attorney, reportedly told TMZ that she dismissed the case because it was “in her son’s best interests.”

Source: TMZ.com, “Michael Jordan Paternity War – Case Dismissed,” March 18, 2013

Bill Lockyer Reconciles with Wife and Calls Off Divorce

California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is no longer pursuing his divorce against his wife Nadia Lockyer.

The couple married in 2003 and has a 9 year old son (Diego). Lockyer filed for divorce in July 2012 in the midst of a well-publicized drug and sex scandal involving his wife and a man that she met at a drug and alcohol treatment center. Nadia was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010. Lockyer funded most of her record-setting $1.6 million campaign.

Mrs. Lockyer was also arrested in September 2012 in Orange County after police found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in a home where she and Diego were visiting a relative. She was released on bail and required to remain in a drug treatment program.

Bill Lockyer withdrew his divorce petition this week. According to Tom Dresslar, Lockyer’s spokesman, “[Bill] and Nadia have agreed to try and work things out, to try and reconcile. He’s proud of the progress she has made in her treatment, and they are both looking forward and not backward.”

Criminal charges are still pending against Mrs. Lockyer in Orange County.

Source: SF Gate.com, “State Treasurer Lockyer no longer pursuing divorce, Associated Press, March 14, 2013

Deion Sanders Wins Child Custody Battle Against Estranged Wife

Former NFL star Deion Sanders has won his child custody battle against his estranged wife.

Deion and Pilar Sanders each sought full custody of their children. A Texas court awarded Sanders sole legal and physical custody of the couple’s 13 and 11 year old sons. The former couple will share joint custody of their 9 year old daughter.

The parties are still fighting over finances in their divorce. Sanders announced on Facebook in December 2011 that the couple was getting a divorce after 12 years of marriage.

Source: TMZ.com, “Deion Sanders Wins Child Custody War with Pilar,” March 12, 2013

5 Ways a Divorce Will Cost You Money

Divorces are not only stressful, but they can also hit you in the pocketbook. According to Samantha Fraelich, a financial advisor with Bernard R. Wolfe & Associates, many people don’t realize how their finances will be affected by a divorce.

Here are 5 ways a divorce can affect your bottom line.

1. Attorney’s Fees.  Even if your divorce is amicable, you can easily spend $2,000 to $3,000 on attorney’s fees and costs. However, if your divorce is hotly contested, all bets are off. According to Forbes, the average cost of a divorce is $30,000.

2. Child Support and Daycare.  If children are involved, breadwinners are typically ordered to pay child support to the other spouse. The amount of support is usually a function of the parties’ respective incomes and the amount of time each parent is spending with the children. Childcare expenses are often shared by parents, but many costs pop up at the last minute and it’s sometimes difficult to get the other spouse to pay up.

3. Taxes.  Once your divorce is finalized, your tax filing status will change from married filing jointly to single, which could increase your taxes. It is always a good idea to discuss the potential tax consequences of your divorce with a certified public accountant.

4. Retirement.  IRAs, 401(k)’s, and other retirement plans are often split up in divorces. The amount each party gets often depends on the extent to which the employee made contributions before and during marriage and after the parties’ separation.

5. Insurance.  Most married couples who don’t have long-term care insurance assume that their spouses will take care of them in their old age. Long-term care insurance helps ensure that a person who cannot perform the basic activities of daily living (such as dressing bathing, eating, toileting, walking, etc.) is taken care of and usually covers home care, assisted living, adult daycare, hospice care, and nursing home facilities.

Source: Forbes.com, “5 Ways Divorce Takes Your Money,” Kenneth Rapoza, March 12, 2013

Dennis Quaid Buys $3.1 Million House for Estranged Wife in Divorce Settlement

Dennis Quaid has purchased a $3.1 million home in Pacific Palisades for his estranged wife Kimberly Buffington-Quaid.

According to a report by TMZ, Quaid bought the house for Buffington-Quaid as part of their divorce settlement. The actor and his wife will both hold title to the house.  Buffington-Quaid will have exclusive use of the home until their children turn 18. TMZ states that “[t]he settlement conditionally allows [Buffington-Quaid] to stay even longer.”

The couple married in 2004 and has two children together: twins Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace (age 5). Quaid and Buffington-Quaid separated and sought to end their marriage in 2012.

This is Quaid’s third marriage. He was previously married to Meg Ryan (divorced in 2001) and P.J. Soles (divorced in 1983).

Source: TMZ.com, “Dennis Quaid Buys Ritzy House For Ex and the Twins,” March 2, 2013

“Game of Thrones” Star Thwarts Husband’s Bid to Take Child to Ireland

A Los Angeles family judge has sided with actress Lena Headey and denied her estranged husband’s request to take their son to Ireland.

The “Game of Thrones” star and Irish musician Peter Loughran were married in 2007 and have a 2 year old son together. Headey filed for divorce in July 2012.

Headey claimed that Loughran was too reckless to care for the child on his own, citing as an example pictures that he posted of himself toting an AK-47 assault rifle. The actress also alleged that Loughran has a serious drinking problem and that a recent traffic incident was alcohol-related (the latter of which he denied).

Source: TMZ.com, “ ‘Game of Thrones’ Star – My AK-47 Toting Hubby Poses a Risk to Our Kid,” March 4, 2013