Disputes over property in Olympian’s divorce proceedings

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Legal Separation on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Not all relationships go according to plan, and when things don’t work out it’s often best to start again. This does not always mean divorce, however, and some couples may simply choose to separate. Whatever their decision, Missouri separation laws require couples to live apart for a fixed period of time after they have filed for divorce. Unfortunately, some separations come with disputes, as has been the case with one high-profile split in recent weeks.

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir has filed for divorce from his husband in the wake of a number of disagreements. The skater’s decision to commence divorce proceedings is said to have come as a surprise to his spouse despite their recent feuds. Relations between the two have been tense amid allegations of physical abuse.

Two days after the pair’s separation was announced, the skater appeared in court where his partner obtained a restraining order against him because of an alleged fight earlier in the month. Weir returned to their mutual home, under orders from the judge to remove his belongings. To the husband’s dismay, Weir also took the couple’s dog, a Japanese Chin, leaving his partner in tears.

While the couple separated in New Jersey, issues over property division can be a big part of divorce and separation proceedings in Missouri. Separating from a partner is an emotionally taxing experience, and it may be difficult to handle these details alone. If disputes arise, the process can be lengthened and family and friends can be biased in their support. By being aware of state legislation and planning the process carefully with a neutral party, you can work toward a fair agreement with your spouse which benefits you both.

Source: Ace Showbiz, “Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov’s Dog Caught in Divorce Drama ,” March 22, 2014

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