Los Angeles, CA- Tony winning actor Ben Vereen, who is well- known for his role as Chicken George in the film “Roots,” filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years following months of separation.
The court documents filed in a Los Angeles court Vereen stated irreconcilable differences as the reason for divorce. The couple separated in March.
Ben Vereen married Nancy Bruner in 1976 after meeting on the set of a play. They have several children who are all adults.
In the court documents Vereen, 63, asked his wife be denied spousal support. However, in California marital community property is typically spilt 50/50 so with a savvy divorce attorney his wife may receive a generous settlement.
Vareen won a Tony for his role in “Pippin” in the late 70s. He most recently appeared in the popular sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother.”
Thirty-six years is a long time to be married, but divorce among seniors, those who are over 50, is a growing trend. Divorces for this demographic have doubled between 1990 and 2009. Experts attribute this growing statistic to increased independence and financial security for women. Also, older couples find that when their children leave they no longer have mutual interests.
Regardless of a person’s age divorce is a difficult time, and emotion can easily get in the way of a peaceful breakup. When a divorce is inevitable, a couple has many issues to settle such as property division and spousal support.