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Bobby Flay files for divorce from wife amidst cheating rumors

Another celebrity divorce is beginning to get nasty in the New York courts. Bobby Flay, celebrity chef, and Stephanie March, a star on "Law and Order: SVU," are in the midst of a contentious split since Flay recently filed a petition for divorce. They two married in 2005 and never had children.

The celebrity news site TMZ indicates that some of the sticking points focus on the specifications detailed in the couple's prenuptial agreement, along with the ownership of the marital home. According to the terms of the prenup, the TV chef is to pay the actress $5K each month for five years. Also, as stated in the prenup, Flay will keep their $8 million dollar home in Amagansett, New York.

March would receive a buyout of a million dollars for her interest in the property, with an additional stipend of $50,000 to remove all of her personal property from the home. Her attorneys object, claiming the arrangement is unreasonable.

Different tabloids have linked Flay to rumors of infidelity with both his co-star on the Food Network, Giada De Laurentiis, and January Jones, the actress from "Mad Men." His attorneys deny rumors of extramarital liaisons.

March's attorneys counter that the celeb chef has an estimated worth of $20 million, and that March contributed to that success. TMZ reports that Flay is trying to strong-arm his wife into vacating the home by canceling her credit card. Due to work constraints, Flay is unable to spend much time at the New York home.

One particularly sad aspect of the situation is that March's mother has a cancer diagnosis and is being cared for in the couple's home. Calling Flay's position "morally reprehensible," March's attorneys released a statement to TMZ, saying, "We regard the support provisions of the pre-marital agreement as unenforceable." They also claim to have returned the initial installment payment of $5,000.

Asset valuation in high net worth divorces is quite complex. Additionally, any prenuptial agreements will likely be closely scrutinized by the court if accord cannot be reached by the parties.

Source: International Business Times, "'Law And Order: SVU' Star Stephanie March And Bobby Flay's Divorce Heats Up Over Battle For Money And The House," Tyler McCarthy, April. 13, 2015

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