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
Multimillionaire Charles Saatchi has filed for divorce from celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.
Saatchi announced that he initiated divorce proceedings against Lawson in a statement to the Daily Mail. Saatchi and Lawson have been married for ten years.
The couple’s martial problems came to the surface in June when a picture of Saatchi with his hands around Lawson’s neck appeared in the tabloids. Lawson subsequently moved out of the family home. Saatchi denied that he attacked Lawson and claims that he voluntarily went to the police to accept a warning. Saatchi said that he is “disappointed” that Lawson was “advised to make no public comment” that he has never physically abused her.
Source: CNN.com, “Nigella Lawson’s husband announces divorce via newspaper,” Lauren Russell, July 7, 2013
Terrence Howard’s bitter divorce against Michelle Ghent is finally over.
A judge finalized the couple’s divorce this week and awarded 2 houses in Pennsylvania and 25 bank accounts to Howard. Ghent was ordered to return a 2011 Range Rover to Howard. She was allowed to keep a bike and a BMW. Howard was ordered to pay Ghent $5,800 per month in spousal support for 3 years.
Ghent filed for divorce in February 2011 after a year of marriage and accused Howard of physical abuse. Howard denied the charges and called Ghent a racist.
Source: TMZ.com, “Terrence Howard – Nasty Divorce War Over – Ex-Wife Gets Bicycle,” May 10, 2013
A northern New Jersey man shot his wife after she asked for a divorce.
David Noll and Karen McCoy were married for 25 years when McCoy asked Noll requested a divorce. Noll shot McCoy on November 18, 2010 in the driveway of their home in Rockaway Township.
McCoy was shot with a .38-caliber handgun in the back, chest, and buttocks. She subsequently recovered from her wounds.
Noll pled guilty to attempted murder charges in February and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday. He was also sentenced to one year for violating a restraining order and sending letters to McCoy from jail.
Noll was condemned by his ex-wife and two adult sons as “pathetic” and a “coward” during the sentencing hearing. Noll’s sons said that he was abusive and controlling. The 54 year old man said that he had a “rough upbringing” and hopes that this family forgives him “someday.”
Source: NBC Philadelphia, “Wife Asks for Divorce, Husband Shoots Her,” April 14, 2013
A government minister in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala has filed for divorce against his wife and accused her of beating him.
Forestry minister Ganesh Kumar filed for divorce against his wife Yamini and accused her of “blackmailing and manhandling” him. The actor-turned-politician claimed that his wife beat him up in front of his personal staff.
Yamini claims that she is the victim of domestic violence and that she was abused for questioning Kumar’s “illicit affairs.” Kumar was embroiled in another controversy a month ago when rumors circulated that he was beaten up by the husband of a woman with whom he was having an affair.
The political fallout from Kumar’s divorce has been immense, as his father-in-law (Balakrishna Pillai) is the head of Kumar’s political party and has already called for his removal from the state cabinet.
Source: The Times of India, “Kerala minister KB Ganesh Kumar files for divorce, says he was beaten by his wife,” April 1, 2013
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
The estranged wife of former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden has obtained a temporary restraining order against him.
Monique Gooden called the police in Bergen County, New Jersey on March 1st and claimed that Gooden threatened her and told her, “All bets are off and I will hurt you and your family. You’ll see, just wait.”
The police contacted a family court judge who granted a temporary restraining order after speaking to Monique on the phone. Gooden was ordered to gather his belongings and move out of the couple’s home. Gooden complied with the order.
The order also suspended Gooden’s visitation rights with the couple’s two children until March 11th when the court will decide whether to issue a permanent restraining order.
Monique filed for divorce in November 2012 after three years of marriage. Gooden was arrested in 2005 for allegedly hitting Monique after she threw a phone at him.
The baseball star also pled guilty to child endangerment in 2011 after he got into a car accident with his son in the back seat. The prosecutor in that case said that Gooden was under the influence of cocaine and his son was not wearing a seat belt.
Source: TMZ.com, “MLB Legend Dwight Gooden Removed from Home After Threatening Estranged Wife,” March 3, 2013
Actors Josh Brolin and Diane Lane announced that they are separating and planning to divorce.
According to TMZ, a spokesperson for the couple announced their separation. Brolin and Lane were married in 2004 and have no children together.
Brolin was arrested for spousal battery a few months after their wedding, but the charges were later dropped.
Source: TMZ.com, “Josh Brolin and Diane Lane – We’re Divorcing,” February 21, 2013
Wrestler Ric Flair is asking a North Carolina judge to issue a restraining order against his estranged wife.
Jacqueline Fliehr filed for legal separation from Flair in December. Flair claims that his wife is an abusive alcoholic and that she has physically beat him on several occasions, including one incident involving a glass object that she “shattered…over his forehead, cutting him severely, and requiring medical attention.”
Flair’s wife denies the charges and claims that the wrestler is using the domestic violence allegations to “avoid paying her the money to which she is entitled.” She alleges that Flair reneged on a separation agreement to pay her $4,000 per month in spousal support and $15,000 to cover her legal costs.
Flair counters that Jacqueline’s allegations of adultery have cost him endorsement contracts and that he is unable to pay her.
Source: TMZ.com, “Ric Flair – I Need Protection from My Drunk Glass-Wielding Wife,” February 18, 2013
Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith has filed for divorce.
Goldsmith filed for divorce from his wife Margaret on Wednesday in Marion County Superior Court. The couple has been married for 24 years.
Goldsmith served as the Mayor of Indianapolis from 1992 to 2000 and Deputy Mayor of Operations for New York City from 2010 to 2011.
Goldsmith was arrested in Washington, D.C. in 2011 after his wife accused him of smashing a phone and grabbing her during an altercation but was later cleared of those charges.
Source: The Indy Channel.com, “Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith files for divorce from wife of 24 years, Margaret,” February 7, 2013