Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of Reverend Billy Graham recently filed for divorce from his wife Kimberly. The petition was filed by his Florida divorce lawyers on his behalf in Broward County, as reported by The Christian Post.
The divorce petition comes close on the heels of Tchividjian, whose full legal name is William Graham Tullian Tchividjian, admitted to an extra marital affair. He reportedly resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian citing marital issues. The couple tied the knot in 1994 and have three children.
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In a statement, Tchividjian is alleged to have said that he discovered that his wife was having an affair and requested a sabbatical after he returned from a trip. He also admitted that the situation left him heartbroken due to which he sought comfort in a friend with whom he allegedly developed an inappropriate relationship.
The leadership at Coral Ridge Presbyterian said they were disappointed following his resignation but were working with Tchividjian and his family to tide through the difficult period. In response to news about Tchividjian’s affair, the Presbyterian Church in America stripped him of his clergy credentials but remained committed to offering him pastoral care.
In Catholicism the priests are not married since Jesus Christ was never married. The Presbyterian church is a little different.
Takes up a position at Willows Creek church
In a later report in The Christian Post, Tullian Tchividjian has supposedly found a new position at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida, affiliated to the Presbyterian Church. He is reported to have joined as director of ministry development of the church at Willow Creek, around 80 miles from Lakeland Fl.
Hopefully he does not need a Lakeland, Florida divorce attorney in his new post.
Florida divorce basics
According to Lakeland, FL divorce lawyer, under the state’s divorce laws, a marriage can be dissolved when one spouse establishes that the marriage is irretrievably broken, which is in effect saying that the couple no longer get along. Florida is a no-fault state, which means that it is not necessary for a spouse to establish grounds such as adultery, domestic violence, or abandonment, to name a few, in order to obtain a divorce.
However, judges reserve the discretion to consider any allegations of ‘fault’ if they need to determine the amount of alimony to award.
In order to be eligible to file a divorce petition, at least one spouse should be resident of the state for six months. Couples may opt for a simplified dissolution of marriage if they meet specific requirements.
This includes residency requirements, if there are no minor children from the marriage, the wife is not pregnant, and neither spouse seeks alimony, to name a few. Your divorce attorney such as the one from the law office of www.greggkamp.com can help determine if you and your spouse are eligible to file for a simplified dissolution.
The other alternative is to file for regular dissolution of marriage. In this type of divorce, the spouses involved state that their marriage is irretrievably broken and also details what the filing spouse desires in terms of alimony, child custody, child support, and division of property. The other spouse is required to file a response in the court in this regard. It is important to remember that according to Florida law both parents are obligated to support their children until they reach 18, marry, or become financial independent.