Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal filed for divorce earlier today from his wife Shaunie O’Neal. They have been married for almost five years. In his petition, which was filed today by his attorney, Ira Elegant, it states that “The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken.”
Shaquille and Shaunie have four children together; Shareef, 7, Amirah, 5, Shaquir, 4, and Me’Arah, 1. Both Shaquille and Shaunie have a child from previous relationships.
Shaquille, 35, and Shaunie, 32, were married on December 26, 2002. Their ceremony was held at the Beverly Hills hotel and he gave Shaunie a 17 carat diamond ring. (Hmmm, I bet she holds on to that one). Evidently Shaunie O’Neal has been “secretive about her assets”. In particular, she has not been forthcoming to certain properties that she has owned or had titled in her name. Shaq is requesting that the court order her to give an account of all money, funds, stocks, bonds, etcetera, that she acquired during their marriage.
The O’Neals live in the exclusive neighborhood of Star Island in Miami Beach. Shaq now refers to that residence as “the former marital home”. Shaq said that Shaunie would be the “primary residential custodian” of their four children, which would mean that they would live with her, and Shaq would get visitation.
Shaq does make $20 million a year and has three years left of his $100 million dollar five year contract with the Heat, but Shaunie won’t be able to take him to the cleaners once the divorce is finalized – they signed a pre-nup before they married.