Word leaked out late Friday that Michael and Juanita Jordan had been granted a divorce earlier in the day by a Lake County (Ill.) Circuit Court. The couple, who had been married for 17 years, has not been living together since February. They cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, and retained joint custody of their three children, all teenagers.
Just days before, MJ had been seen hitting on the pretty ladies last week in NewYork.
Thew divorce papers read: “Through no fault of either party, irreconcilable differences have caused an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.”
So what kind of check will MJ have to write to get out of a marriage some felt had been a sham from the start? Court papers did not note any dollar figures, only noting that the he and Juanita had reached “a fair and equitable settlement.”
Juanita had previously filed for divorce in 2002, after MJ admitted paying a former lover, Karla Knafel, $250,000 to keep their relationship a secret. At the time Juanita asked for half of MJ’s assets, then estimated at $400 million. (Forbes says MJ earned $32 million in 2005.) She also wanted the couple’s Lake Forest estate and full custody of the children. She dropped the filing and the couple said they would seek reconciliation. In Friday’s papers, the Jordans admitted their efforts “have failed and … future attempts at reconciliation would be impracticable and not in the best interests of the family.”
After the court hearing the couple watched their two sons play in basketball game at Loyola Academy.
The Marriage Certificate…