Donald Trump Jr. and wife Vanessa have decided to divorce, with the couple releasing a joint statement announcing they’re calling it quits.
“After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways,” the couple told the New York Post‘s “Page Six” in a joint statement.
“We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families,” the statement continues. “We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time.”
As “Page Six” reports, Vanessa Trump — who, like Don Jr., is 40 — filed for an uncontested proceeding, which means it’s not likely she’ll be fighting over assets or custody of their children, with legal experts telling Page Six it’s likely that the couple signed a prenuptial agreement before getting married in 2005.
As “Page Six” points out, news of the divorce filing comes on the same day that special counsel Robert Mueller issued a subpoena to the Trump Organization (which Don Jr. runs with brother Eric Trump), demanding the company release all information related to the companies dealings with Russia.
A family law expert who spoke to “Page Six” speculated that one reason for the timing of the filing could be to allow Vanessa to secure a settlement before Mueller’s investigation potentially puts her husband’s assets in jeopardy.
According to a “Page Six” story on Wednesday reporting that divorce was imminent, a source claimed that the couple have been living separate lives for some time now.
“The problems have been there for a long time, the couple had hoped to stay together during the president’s time in office, but it is getting harder to resolve their issues,” said the source. “He’s never there.”