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The Tiki Barber divorce: what can divorcing Texans learn?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Couples going through a divorce in El Paso may already be aware of the acrimonious divorce battle between former NFL star Tiki Barber and his estranged wife. Reports are surfacing that the two have finally reached a settlement in their long and bitter separation. Although divorce negotiations for many couples in Texas won't be as public as the Barbers', their high profile dispute does underscore some of the serious difficulties that divorce can sometimes bring.

In 2010, the former NFL star was served with divorce papers after being seen out in public with a 23-year-old woman other than his wife, who was hospitalized at the time. Barber's new girlfriend happened to be an NBC intern, turned Maxim model, while Barber was working on the NBC show "Today" as a correspondent.

Barber and his girlfriend were planning a spring wedding, but it was postponed after his pending divorce spiraled into a battle over alimony. Barber claimed he was unable to afford the amount of alimony his estranged wife was seeking. Now, according to a recent report, the couple has 60 days to submit their settlement to the court to be finalized.

Barber and his soon-to-be ex-wife have two sons together, and she gave birth to twin girls shortly after she filed for divorce. For many people, the separation was an unexpected turn in what early reports indicated was once a happy relationship.

Many El Paso residents are also aware of how a marriage can suddenly turn sour. But whether or not a relationship breaks down in what seems like an instant or deteriorates over time, divorcing couples generally face emotional challenges they never could have expected. Still, individuals who strive to maintain open lines of communication during divorce negotiations are more likely to reduce the stress of achieving an equitable dissolution of the marriage. After all, cooler heads often prevail.

Source: FOX Sports, "Tiki Barber reaches divorce settlement," April 4, 2012

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