Pennsylvania residents may be familiar with Olympic athlete Johnny Weir, who provided commentary for the 2014 winter games. Weir is in the spotlight again, as he is reportedly seeking a divorce from his husband, Victor Voronov, and allegations of domestic abuse are flying in the case. The sensational proceedings are exacerbated by the fact that the couple did not obtain a prenuptial agreement before their wedding on New Year's Eve, 2011. This predicament could leave the couple locked in an ongoing legal battle over marital property, which includes luxury items such as a collection of prized handbags.
Official reports show that Weir, an all-star figure skater, designer and commentator, is accused of domestic abuse during the relationship. Although Voronov has withdrawn courtroom allegations that Weir bit him during an altercation, both parties are still arguing about the fact that domestic abuse occurred. After Voronov withdrew his complaint, Weir alleged that he had witnesses that could confirm that he was the one who was suffering from domestic violence.
Additional information shows that Voronov had graduated from law school, but he decided to leave his job when he married Weir. This could have an impact on the distribution of marital property, which might also result in alimony payments and other considerations. Voronov said through a publicist that he had wanted the relationship to end amicably, but it appears that the lack of a prenuptial agreement may make that impossible.
Although prenuptial agreements do not always make divorce easy, they can help smooth the transition involved in transferring marital property and wealth. Prenuptial agreements are not only for the rich and famous; everyday Pennsylvania residents may benefit from their protection. A family attorney may be able to provide more information about drafting or administering your prenuptial agreement in Pennsylvania.
Source: Examiner, "Divorce gets messy for Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov" Gail DeLaney, Mar. 24, 2014