Like the last two minutes of a football game, the 15 minutes of fame for Tareq and Michaele Salahi seems to go on and on. Having first reached the spotlight by crashing a White House dinner party in 2009, the Virginia couple is sustaining the limelight with the announcement that he's seeking a divorce.
Mr. Salahi filed for divorce in Warren County Circuit Court last week. The one-time star of "The Real Housewives of D.C." cites abandonment by his wife. He also accuses her of having had an adulterous affair with rock guitarist Neal Schon.
The story broke wide open earlier in the week when Salahi reported his wife missing - maybe kidnapped. Later it was learned she had run off with Schon to another state. Salahi claims Schon's group, Journey, paid for her trip.
What happens next is the big question. The Salahis were married in 2003. Since then they've been on what seems to be a financial and public profile roller-coaster ride. They have filed for bankruptcy, face large amounts of debt and have had valuable items repossessed. And all this has happened as they have tried to sustain an image of being part of the Washington, D.C., social elite.
Court papers filed in relation to the divorce indicate that a prenuptial agreement is in place, but no details of the terms are known.
The circumstances in this divorce are not like others. Indeed, it may be safe to say that they are unique. When facing the rigors of divorce, one solid value that an experienced divorce attorney can bring to the table is an understanding of how all the parties are likely to be affected by the process. It pays to contact a lawyer.
Source: Reuters, "Reality TV's Tareq Salahi seeks divorce from Michaele," Alex Dobuzinskis, Sept. 16, 2011