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Angels star Josh Hamilton files for divorce in Texas

According to court documents, Los Angeles Angels baseball star Josh Hamilton recently filed a petition to divorce his wife in Tarrant County. The petition was filed in February. Prior to playing for the Angels, Hamilton had spent five seasons with the Texas Rangers.

In his petition, Hamilton made several requests, including that the court enjoin his wife from using two of his vehicles. He also is seeking an injunction to prevent her from hiding their children or from making denigrating remarks about either him or his family. His wife filed a response denying his petition in general in March.

Currently, Hamilton, who has a documented long history of substance abuse, is only allowed supervised visits with the couple's children. Court records indicate that he has been enjoined from going onto the couple's two properties in Texas as well as one in California. The couple's $16.8 million California home was recently listed for sale. Hamilton has not been able to play for the Angels since suffering a shoulder injury prior to spring training earlier this year and reporting a relapse of his substance abuse. He is owed $83 million for the final three seasons of his five-year contract.

This high asset divorce illustrates the complexities people may face when they have significant holdings to divide. In complex marital estates, determining the extent of the assets and their value often is difficult and requires the help of forensic accountants, valuation experts and appraisers. An attorney who has experience in family law matters can be of assistance to a client in locating assets that may have been hidden by the other spouse and then in negotiating a comprehensive settlement agreement that will meet with court approval.

Source: ABC News, "Josh Hamilton files for divorce from wife Katie," The Associated Press, April 19, 2015.

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