35-year-old World Wrestling Entertainment star and Tampa resident John Cena has reportedly filed for divorce from his high school sweetheart after three years of marriage. According to Cena’s divorce filing, the couple’s marriage is “irretrievably broken.” His soon to be ex-wife, Liz Huberdeau, has allegedly hired the same Miami divorce attorney who represented Linda Hogan in her divorce from former professional wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan. In that case, Hogan’s ex-wife was awarded nearly 70 percent of the couple’s assets.
Cena is currently worth an estimated $18 million. Prior to the couple’s wedding, Huberdeau reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement that will make it difficult for her to access most of Cena’s assets. According to some news reports, the agreement even allows Cena to recover gifts given to his wife during the couple’s marriage. Although Cena is unlikely to be required to share the bulk of his assets with his soon to be ex-wife, it will be interesting to see how the court handles the case since the couple has been involved in a relationship for the past 14 years. They do not have any children.
The split is expected to get ugly as reports claim Huberdeau was shocked when Cena filed for divorce. Although the couple was allegedly having marital issues, Huberdeau was reportedly convinced they would be worked out amicably. According to news reports, Cena asked Huberdeau to sign a pre-divorce settlement agreement prior to filing for divorce. She allegedly refused to sign the document.
In the State of Florida, a prenuptial agreement is a written contract signed prior to a marriage that outlines how a couple’s assets will be divided in the event of divorce or death. Cena should benefit from having a prenuptial agreement in place prior to his marriage as negotiations over assets and spousal support obligations should have been decided well in advance of the marriage. Unfortunately, it is common for individuals with few assets to enter into a marriage without a prenuptial agreement in place. Too often, they later regret their choice.
Postnuptial agreements can also be a useful tool for Florida couples who are contemplating a separation or divorce. A postnuptial agreement will normally address how marital assets will be divided and outline any spousal support obligations. Although such agreements may also include provisions regarding child custody and support, they are always subject to modification by a Florida family law court.
Getting married is normally a happy event, but it can also be a stressful time. Our Fort Lauderdale family law attorney can help alleviate some of that stress by helping you prepare a written prenuptial agreement. Lawyer Sandy T. Fox is also available to assist you with negotiating and drafting a postnuptial or marriage settlement agreement and he can advise you on other family law matters such as spousal support, child visitation, and child custody.
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WWE superstar John Cena files for divorce; wife hires Miami attorney, by Lesley Abravanel, Miami Herald
WWE Star John Cena Files for Divorce, tmz.com