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CSI Creator’s Wife Charging Up To $60,000 a Month

Given its millions of viewers over the past 11 years, the odds are good that you are familiar with the hit CBS TV show CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). The series has spawned novels, video games and other flavors of its original series (CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, for example). We have to imagine that CSI’s creator Anthony Zuiker is doing fairly well for himself, and now his soon to be ex-wife may getting a portion of his success.

Anthony and his wife Jennifer married in 1999, just before the CSI series hit it big. The couple has three children together. They did not sign a prenuptial agreement. Jennifer filed for divorce in April of this year, and the divorce battle is just heating up.

One point of contention thus far has been Jennifer’s American Express Black Card, the elite credit card made of titanium with no spending limit. Cardholders reportedly have to spend at least $250,000 a year on it. After charging $40,000 – $60,000 a month on the card, Jennifer is not pleased that Anthony apparently closed the card account. Additionally, she is seeking $181,381 for Alexander McQueen clothes she bought, but Anthony refused to pay for.

It does not seem like this divorce is going to go smoothly. What are some of the lessons we can learn from the situation? As noted, the two married before CSI hit it big, but this does not mean that Anthony was without recourse. He could have employed a postnuptial agreement as the show took off. Now, 12 years after the extreme success of CSI, Anthony has waited too long. The divorce will be in California, a community property state like Texas. This means that Jennifer will likely be walking away from the marriage with a lot of money – more precisely, half of Anthony’s fortune and substantial money for child and spousal support.

Community property divorce states create problems when splitting assets that a spouse earned or acquired after marriage. Have you been able to use a postnuptial agreement to reflect changes that occur after you already married?

John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C. – Houston divorce attorneys

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