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Matt Lauer's anticipated divorce expected to be a costly one

The wife of the former "Today" show co-host, Matt Lauer, is expected to file for a dissolution in the near future. The disgraced former television personality was terminated from his position late last year after being accused of inappropriate behavior with female co-workers. Viewers from across the country, including California, may have been surprised by the allegations lodged against Lauer, though his wife purportedly filed for divorce several years ago based on accusations of cruel treatment.

Annette Roque, who is Lauer's current wife, withdrew her divorce petition several weeks after filing it in 2006. However, she was reportedly considering re-filing at some point in 2014, though the reasons were not disclosed. According to reports, the couple are not currently co-habitating and have appeared to live separate lives for some time. They have purchased several properties during their marriage, and a dissolution is expected to come at a steep price for Lauer.

One report has estimated the couple's worth to be between $100 and $200 million. The bulk of that wealth is believed to have been generated by Lauer's salary while employed by NBC. The couple reportedly have two properties on the market already.

It is uncertain whether the couple had a prenuptial agreement at the time of their marriage. One attorney stated that Roque could receive close to 50 percent of the marital assets. Though the couple have three children, it is unclear whether any of them are minors and if child custody would be an issue during a divorce settlement. Even though California is a community property state, residents who are seeking a divorce may still benefit from consulting with an experienced attorney who can provide guidance concerning the best settlement agreements that will best meet one's financial needs going forward.

Source: mercurynews.com, "For Matt Lauer, his divorce should be especially expensive", Martha Ross, May 16, 2018

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