Texas baseball fans may be interested to learn that former Texas Rangers player Josh Hamilton recently filed for divorce from his wife in a Tarrant County court. According to court documents, Hamilton filed his divorce petition in February, and his wife filed her response in March.
After playing for five seasons with the Rangers, Hamilton signed a five-year $125 million contract in 2012 with the Los Angeles Angels. He injured his shoulder prior to this year’s spring training and self-reported a substance abuse relapse that he self-reported. The team indicated it is not certain whether he will be able to return. He is owed $83 million for the remaining seasons under his contract.
In his petition, Mr. Hamilton requested that his wife be prevented from hiding their children, using two vehicles that he owns and making disparaging comments about his family or him. He is currently only allowed to have supervised visits with the children and is enjoined from entering two properties the family owns in Texas as well as a $16.8 million home in California that was recently put on the market. His wife’s response that she filed was simply a general denial of his petition. Both have agreed to not communicate while their divorce case is proceeding.
People who are going through a high-profile divorce often have to deal with many complex issues. When a couple owns many assets, their division of property often will necessitate the use of expert valuations, appraisers, and, if a spouse attempts to hide assets, forensic accountants. Those with extensive assets often benefit by seeking the help of a family law attorney who is familiar with community property division in high net worth cases.
Source: ABC News, “Josh Hamilton files for divorce from wife Katie,” The Associated Press, April 19, 2015.