Zynga Founder’s Wife Files for Divorce and Asks to Nullify Prenup

Billionaire Mark Pincus is embroiled in a high stakes divorce battle with his wife, Alison Gelb Pincus.

The Silicon Valley power couple has been married for more than 8 years. They have 3 children together.

Mark is the founder of Zynga and an early Facebook and Twitter Investor. Alison is the co-founder of One Kings Lane, which was sold to Bed Bath & Beyond in 2016 for $30 million.

Alison filed for divorce in San Francisco County Superior Court. The estranged couple is asking for joint custody of the children and Alison is asking the court to invalidate a prenuptial (or premarital) agreement. Mark founded Zynga in 2007, a year before the couple married. Zynga became a $1 billion company within 4 years and Mark is worth $1.28 billion.

Source: New York Post, “Zynga Billionaire Mark Pincus embroiled in big-money divorce,” Emily Smith, March 30, 2017

Bill O’Reilly Loses Bid to Win Sole Custody of His Children

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has lost a bid to win sole custody of his teenaged children.

A New York appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that denied O’Reilly’s request to be the sole decision-maker of his 16 year old daughter and 12 year old son that he has with ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy.

The court held that “[t]here is a sound and substantial basis for the Supreme Court’s determination that it is in the best interests of the children for the mother to be awarded primary residential custody. Particularly relevant in this case are the clearly stated preferences of the children, especially considering their age and maturity, and the quality of the home environment provided by the mother.” The court also reasoned that “if either parent were awarded sole decision-making authority, there would be a danger that it would be used to exclude the other parent from meaningful participation in the children’s lives.”

The host of the “No Spin Zone” will have visitation with the children on alternating weekends and other days and share joint decision-making authority with McPhilmy.

The ruling was first reported by Gawker, who earlier reported allegations that O’Reilly assaulted his ex-wife in front of their daughter. O’Reilly stated that “[a]ll allegations against me in these circumstances are 100% false.”

Source: New York Daily News, “Bill O’Reilly loses custody battle with ex-wife over their two kids,” Stephen Rex Brown, February 29, 2016

C. Thomas Howell’s Wife Files for Divorce

The wife of actor C. Thomas Howell has filed for divorce.

Sylvie Howell filed for divorce in February in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple has been married since 1992. They have 3 children together: Liam (age 14), Dashiell (19), and Isabelle (23). She is requesting joint legal and sole physical child custody of Liam as well as spousal support.

Howell stated through his publicist, Jeff Ballard, “We raised three beautiful children together … I will always wish her the best and look forward to what the future holds for both of us.”

Source: TMZ.com, “Ponyboy from ‘The Outsiders’ Wife Files for Divorce… Marriage Stays Silver, Not Gold,” March 7, 2016

Kelly Rutherford Loses Appeal in International Child Custody Battle

Former “Gossip Girl” actress Kelly Rutherford lost a bid to have her children returned from France.

Rutherford appealed a New York state court’s ruling granting custody to ex-husband and German businessman Daniel Giersch and allowing him to live with the children in Monaco. Rutherford and Giersch were married in August 2006 and Rutherford filed for divorce in December 2008. The couple have two children together: Hermés (age 9) and Helena (6).

In April 2012, Giersch’s visa was revoked after being investigated for fraud and tax evasion. A New York court awarded child custody to Giersch since he was unable to visit the children in the United States. In August 2015, Rutherford refused to return the children to Monaco and was subsequently ordered by Justice Ellen Gesmer of the New York County Supreme Court in Manhattan to return the children immediately.

Rutherford filed an application to appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The Second Circuit denied her application on December 17th and a Monaco court issued a ruling on December 15th forbidding Rutherford from having the children visit her in the United States. The Monaco court ruled that Rutherford can “exercise her visiting and accommodation rights exclusively in France and Monaco” and affirmed that “parental authority is [to be] exercised jointly” by the parents.

Rutherford filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and says that she has spent $1.5 million on attorney’s fees in her divorce and child custody proceedings.

Source: NewsDay.com, “Kelly Rutherford’s appeal to win back child custody denied,” Frank Lovece, December 18, 2015

Halle Berry Files for Divorce from Olivier Martinez

Actress Halle Berry has filed for divorce from Olivier Martinez.

The couple married in July 2013 and have one son together: Maceo (age 2). This is Berry’s third marriage. She was previously married to baseball player David Justice and singer-songwriter Eric Benet. Berry also has a daughter (Nahla) with Gabriel Aubry.

Berry and Martinez issued the following joint statement: “It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to divorce. We move forward with love and respect for one another and the shared focus for what is best for our son. We wish each other nothing but happiness in life, and we hope that you respect our, and most importantly our children’s privacy, as we go through this difficult period.”

Martinez was recently sued for hitting a man with a car seat at Los Angeles International Airport.

Source: TMZ.com, “Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez Divorcing,” October 27, 2015

Gwen Stefani Files for Divorce

Singer Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from Gavin Rossdale.

The couple has been married for 13 years. They have 3 children together: Kingston (age 9), Zuma (age 6), and Apollo (age 1). Stefani is asking for joint custody of the children.

Stefani is reportedly worth $80 million and Gavin’s net worth is estimated at $35 million.

The couple released the following joint statement: “While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment.”

Source: TMZ.com, “Gwen Stefani Files for Divorce from Gavin Rossdale,” August 3, 2015

USC Football Coach’s Wife Files for Divorce

The wife of USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has filed for divorce.

Stephanie Sarkisian filed for divorce in L.A. County Superior Court on April 20th. The couple has been married since 1997 and has 3 children together.

The Sarkisians issued a joint statement a few days ago: “It is our desire to protect the privacy of our children and each other. Our goal is to raise our children in a joint, cooperative style as caring and loving parents.”

Source: TMZ.com, “Steve Sarkisian – USC Football Coach’s Wife Files for Divorce,” April 28, 2015

Michelle Branch Files for Divorce

Singer-songwriter Michelle Branch has filed for divorce from Teddy Landau.

The couple has been married for 11 years. Branch is seeking joint custody of their 9 year old daughter (Owen Isabelle).

Branch and Landau have been separated for more than a year.

Source: TMZ.com, “Michelle Branch Files for Divorce [–] Goodbye to You,” February 18, 2015

Slash Files for Divorce

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has filed for divorce.

Slash (whose real name is Saul Hudson) filed for divorce from Perla Ferrar in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week. The couple has been married since 2001. They have two sons: London (age 12) and Cash (age 10).

Slash previously filed for divorce in 2010 but withdrew his divorce petition two months later when the couple reconciled. He is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their children.

Source: TMZ.com, “Slash Files for Divorce,” December 30, 2014