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Panthers owner announces divorce

A part-owner of the NHL's Florida Panthers, Jordan Zimmerman, filed for divorce to his socialite wife. The successful South Florida businessman claimed in his paperwork to a Palm Beach County court that his marriage is irretrievably broken. Zimmerman has been a part-owner of the Panthers since 2001 when he joined forces with a former Cleveland Browns quarterback and an auto dealer in the ownership of the team. The Panthers were not listed in the divorce filing, so it is not clear whether Zimmerman's partial ownership interest in the team will be considered part of the marital assets.

The Zimmermans were married in 2000, prior to Zimmerman's move to become a partial owner of the NHL team. Zimmerman is the founder of a large advertising company in Fort Lauderdale that has approximately $2 billion worth of billing to large companies. The Zimmermans may not need divorce mediation and may have a straight-forward case because the couple signed a prenuptial agreement. Jordan Zimmerman is seeking to have the terms of this agreement enforced.

The Zimmermans have two children, a boy who is 9 and a girl who is 7. The marriage is Jordan Zimmerman's third. His wife runs a foundation in the couple's name and has not yet responded to the divorce filing.

Many couples who have significant assets choose to enter into prenuptial agreements before entering into a marriage. These agreements help protect the financial interests of spouses and can set the terms regarding property division and alimony. However, prenuptial agreements cannot contract regarding the custody of children. A Fort Lauderdale family law attorney may be able to assist in enforcing or contesting these agreements.

Source: Gossip Extra, "Panthers Owner Jordan Zimmerman Files For Divorce," Jose Lambiet, Mar. 12, 2013

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