Zimmerman’s wife files for divorce
The infamous life of George Zimmerman, the man at the heart of the Trayvon Martin shooting, continues, this time with his wife Shellie filing for divorce. The divorce papers were filed Thursday, Sept. 5, less than two months after her husband was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin, and one week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in defense of her husband's case.
"Disappointment" motivated Shellie Zimmerm's decision, wrote her attorney, Kelly Sims, who sent a short email to The Associated Press, detailing the 26-year-old Zimmerman's conclusion.
Previously, Zimmerman had told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she was having serious doubts about remaining married after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor perjury for lying during a bail hearing following her husband's February arrest for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted in July on second-degree murder.
At the time of Shellie's sentencing for perjury, George Zimmerman was not present in the courtroom. She was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service, although she could have faced up to five years in prison.
While on "Good Morning America," Zimmerman refused to say if she and her husband were still together, and added that she "wants to have children and stay married." But she remained nebulous about whether these aspirations include George Zimmerman.
While Shellie Zimmerman states that she believes her husband's version of the events that led to the shooting, she also says, "I can't tell you how many nights I've gone or laid awake at night just thinking that I wish to God the circumstances had been different." She went on to say how deeply sorry she was for the Martin family's loss and that she can't begin to understand a parent's grief after losing a child.
Divorce can be the end result for many lopsided marriages when one or the other spouse believes one has given far more than one's share. This can amount to a feeling of being under appreciated. If this is the case, and divorce appears to be the only remedy, be certain to seek qualified legal advice as these seas can be choppy enough on their own, but professional guidance can offer an expedited route to an amicable resolution.
Source: ABC7, "George Zimmerman's wife files for divorce" No author given, Sep. 05, 2013
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