Eminem’s latest divorce might be headed for trial (Detroit Free Press)

September 20, 2006
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A look at the couple’s second marriage
Here is a look at the most recent marriage and divorce of Eminem (aka Marshall B. Mathers III) and Kimberley Mathers.
Jan. 9: Couple applies for marriage license in Macomb County.
Jan. 14: They are married at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills.
April 5: Eminem files for divorce.
April 26: Kimberley Mathers files response, seeking financial support and for Eminem to continue paying for the couple’s Clinton Township home.
In a countercomplaint, she also asks for custody of their daughter.
June 22: Couple meets in private for the first time since the divorce was filed.
Sept. 19: After a second meeting, case is referred to a mediator and a Dec. 19 trial date is set.
Rap megastar Eminem and wife Kimberley Mathers could be headed for trial in their ongoing divorce case after a settlement conference Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court failed to reach an agreement.
Mathers and Eminem, whose given name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, met privately Tuesday morning in the chambers of Chief Judge Antonio P. Viviano. They asked Viviano to appoint attorney Dan Stepek to try to mediate a settlement of property and issues stemming from their prenuptial agreement.
Viviano granted that request, and though the divorce may be worked out through mediation, he set a Dec. 19 trial date.
Neither Eminem nor his wife appeared in the courtroom, instead meeting behind closed doors for about an hour.
The couple share custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Hailie. They were married for the second time in April, but the rapper filed for divorce just 82 days later, citing in court papers “a breakdown in the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed.”
The filing did not give specifics. Kimberley Mathers filed a response and countercomplaint three weeks later, asking for financial support from Eminem and custody of their daughter.
Eminem’s attorney, Harvey I. Hauer of Bingham Farms, did not return phone calls Tuesday.
Kimberley Mathers’ attorney, Michael J. Smith of Sterling Heights, said the meeting was comfortable.
“Nobody likes to be in court,” Smith said. “But both parties want to do what’s best for their children, so everybody’s going in that direction.”
Kimberley Mathers also has a daughter from a prior relationship.
Viviano also ordered any paperwork challenging the prenuptial agreement to be filed at least six weeks before the trial, with responses filed no less than a month before the trial.
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