Family Law

George Zimmerman appears to be taking a default in divorce filing


Claiming that George Zimmerman has not responded to a divorce petition filed last year, his estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman on Tuesday asked a Florida court to grant a default motion against him.

A former Neighborhood Watch volunteer who in 2013 was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman dodged process servicers on his divorce, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The petition (PDF) was filed Sept. 5, and he was eventually served Dec. 18, according to the article, when he was jailed on a domestic violence charge. That charge was later dismissed. The arrest involved Zimmerman’s girlfriend, not his estranged wife.

Florida law mandates that individuals sued respond within 20 days of service. Shellie Zimmerman’s lawyer entered a default finding with the clerk’s office Jan. 13.

Shellie Zimmerman claims that she has $13,000 in assets, the Orlando Sentinel reports, and $104,000 in debts. The couple have no children or real estate, and Shellie Zimmerman has asked for ownership of the couple’s two dogs.

In a financial affidavit George Zimmerman filed related to his domestic violence arrest, the article states, he reported $2.5 million in debts. He reportedly said that amount is what he owes lawyers Mark O’Mara and Don West, who defended him in the murder trial.

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