Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

George Zimmerman's wife files for divorce

Every marriage has its ups and downs. One of the most important aspects of any marriage is how the couple deals with adversity and troubled times. Better coping and communication skills may be factors that separate those who are married till death do them part from those who are married until a judge says otherwise. Even the best communication may not be able to prevent a divorce when the couple's every move is televised for the world to see and comment upon.

Shellie Zimmerman has filed for divorce from her husband, George. The couple, whose lives have been front and center in a media storm, had been having issues prior to the now famous Zimmerman trial. It was during this trial that Shellie perjured herself, resulting in a hearing of her own where her husband was noticeably absent. The couple has been separated since August 13th with George's defense fund helping to cover Shellie's living expenses. The divorce filing states that the couple's marriage is irretrievably broken. News of the filing comes on the heels of an alleged domestic violence incident involving the couple.

If the divorce continues, a unique issue will be how to divide the assets the couple has gained since George's arrest. Thousands have donated online to support him, the balance of which may be considered marital property under Utah's equitable distribution statute. Divisions of any monies paid out from currently pending lawsuits may also be a point of contention for the once happy couple. A potential, yet commonly and sometimes difficult, issue the couple must decide will be who gets custody of the couple's two dogs.

Every divorce will have unique issues, with some being more difficult to resolve than others. Professional help can help alleviate some of the difficulties that can inexpertly arise during a divorce.

Source: HLN, "What's at stake in Zimmermans' divorce," Graham Winch, September 9, 2013

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