Sheree Whitfield Appeals Divorce Ruling

Sheree Whitfield On the show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Sheree Whitfield expressed a desire for a “seven figure” settlement from her ex-husband and former Falcon player Bob Whitfield. She has since said very little about the case because of legal wranglings. She received a settlement last year but wasn’t happy with it. So she has appealed it all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court. The case is scheduled to be heard Monday, January 12. Her attorneys painted her a high school graduate with limited skills to earn income, arguments for alimony she did not receive. This agreement meant she wouldn’t be able to stay at her $2.6 million home.

She receives $113,422 a year from the divorce, not enough for her live the lifestyle she’s used to and clearly not at the level of what the hit Bravo show conveys. Sheree also received a lump sum of $775,000, shares of Whitfield’s retirement pension, nearly half of the marital property and child support.

Here are all the facts provided by the Georgia Supreme Court public information officer:

The ex-wife of a former Atlanta Falcons football player is appealing a Fulton County court’s refusal to grant her alimony and a new trial. Under a 2003 pilot project, the high court has agreed to review all challenges to final divorce decrees that are not deemed frivolous.

FACTS:

Bob and Sheree Whitfield separated after three years of marriage in 2003 and divorced after seven in 2007. They have two children, who were 8 and 11 at the time of the divorce.

Bob Whitfield, 36, is a recently retired NFL player who once played for the Atlanta Falcons. Sheree Whitfield currently appears on the popular reality TV show, “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

The trial court awarded her custody of the children and $2,142.87 a month in child support. It also awarded her a division of the marital property totaling more than $1.1 million and including a lump sum payment of $775,000. It gave her half of the marital portion of three NFL retirement plans. But the court did not award alimony.

The court awarded him nearly all the real estate, including four homes, and the recording studio, Patchwerks, which he founded. Her lawyers moved for a new trial over the denial of alimony. The lower court denied the motion, and she now appeals to the Supreme Court.

ARGUMENTS:

Her attorneys argue that based on her lack of education and inability to earn income, the court abused its discretion by not awarding alimony and then ordering her and the children out of their $2.6 million home in Sandy Springs.

Under state law, the trial court must consider a number of factors in determining the amount of alimony, including the standard of living established during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the financial resources of each party and the time necessary for a party to acquire sufficient education and training to get a job.

Her ex-husband not only received an $8 million signing bonus as part of a $30 million six-year contract, but he is also a sophisticated businessman with investment properties in Costa Rica, California and Atlanta, as well as founder and owner of a “world-class” recording studio, from which he draws $50,000 annually.

To enhance his earning power, he has returned to Stanford University. She, on the other hand, has devoted her time to raising the couple’s two young children. The clothing boutique she managed for a brief time, “Bella Azul,” quickly failed under her management and oversight, her attorneys point out. With only a high school degree, she depended on her husband, with whom she had been in a relationship for 14 years.

Despite her lack of education, marketable job skills and employment prospects, the court wrongly denied her alimony, even though her husband’s monthly income is almost 12 times her. The failure to award alimony is also contrary to the best interests of the children, her attorneys contend. Without alimony, she cannot afford to buy another home in the neighborhood where they have grown up, have friends and go to school.

His attorney argues that even though the marriage was “very short-term,” she was awarded 48 percent of the marital estate and a part of three retirement plans. Alimony is authorized but not required under state law, and the trial court did not abuse its discretion by not awarding any to her.

“The trial court left no stone unturned in regard to determining the assets and incomes of the parties,” his lawyer argues in the briefs. From the divorce, she receives a total yearly income of $113,422. In addition, she gets a portion of three NFL retirement programs. His attorney argues she should be fined $2,500 for bringing a frivolous appeal solely for the purpose of delaying the time when she’ll have to vacate the Sandy Springs home.

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27 Comments

  1. They were married for three years and divorced. That means the marriage went bad almost immediately as divorce is usually the last resort of a marriage that has been going down hill for years. Yes, Sheree deserves money for her children and for them to live well, but she needs to try to get up on her own feet as well and do for self. She clearly just married a wealthy man and popped out two children to get paid. Like a lot of women with wealthy men though she is finding that having children by them does not necessarily lead to riches. Get it together Sheree. Use your fame and hype from this reality show to jump start a life and career that you can’t lose when you break up with a man.

  2. WOW! That is all I can say! Was this the woman on Bravo that said, “Budget-I don’t know what it is to live on a budget?” Yes, this is her. Well, you may have to learn to live on a budget now. I thought she had it together-this is a problem because she relied on a man to support her. You have to get your own too! My dad and mom taught me that. My dad co-owned a construction company and a auto mechanic shop. When he met my mom she was only high school educated-she went on to complete her nursing degree while they were together and a degree in physical therapy. When they parted she had her own, and she has four children (including me)! No excuse Sheree-get it together!!! You can’t play the dumb role now.

  3. Mzlady, I co-sign 100%. As soon as I read this article, Sheree’s budget comment came to mind. I hope the judges serve her right on appeal!

  4. I think she screwed up bigtime being on that show.

    Also she was only married to the guy for 3 years (seperated for 2) that’s just a few years. She didn’t know how to budget before she was married to him? Or did she forget after she married him? lol

  5. The amount that she was awarded was fair. People try too hard to keep up with the Joneses when they can’t afford it. Sheree clearly will not be able to maintain the ridiculously lavish lifestyle that was portrayed on the show. I can’t believe that her lawyers tried to use her lack of education as a means to exhort more money. This settlement will allow her to buy a modest home for her children as well as go back to school, if she spends it the right way. The gravy train has ended. I refuse to feel sorry for this woman when millions of single mothers are doing so much more with a fraction of what she’s got. Welcome to the real world.

  6. Sheree needs to get her education with some of that money and stop trying to ride a gravy train that is dried up and burning already. She sounds ridiculous. It amazes me that people won’t get off of their butt and do something instead of trying to squeeze all they can out of someone else. And she has three kids. One child she had when she was 15 years old. She does not allow people to know that part, because she is probably ashamed of it and wants people to think she is so much. She needs to quit.

  7. Man unbelievable… You don’t need a man’s money to support you? What did you do the whole time you were involved with him before you actually married him? Why didn’t you think about getting an EDUCATION..What example are you setting for your children !!! Single mothers can make it on their own and have been very sucessful.

  8. As one of the faithful watchers of this past season of Real Housewives… one would NOT think that Sheree is the simpleton that her lawyers are proclaiming her to be. She was able to shop, brag, shop, & brag w/ ONLY a HS diploma. Sheree was also able to start a clothing line( even though it was clear she didn’t know what the heck she was doing, but yet she boasted about it) I believe it was “She by Sheree” w/ ONLY a HS diploma. Soooo if homegirl can do ALL that she can put the pen to the pad & make her own dough. I understand that yes, they have kids together & they need to be take care of properly, but w/ the bread she’s pulling in from this man she has MORE than enough for the kids. If it’s not enough for her, the judge could surely bring it my way I can make that kinda money last. It was obvious from the show that Sheree likes to show out & this is why she wants to hold out on the verdict. This has nothing to do w/ her kids, BUT everything w/ Sheree continuing to play like she is Ivanna Trump when we know that she isn’t. On that note the lady needs to sit down.

  9. I agree with the yall 100%. She got use to that life style, her kids are 8 and 11, and it stated they were together for 14 years. With that being said its not like they were only together 3 years , it was more time invested. And maybe she cant and wont know how to go back to a regular life because she’s been spoiled for that amount time. What she shouldve done was had her own nest egg on the side just in case something like that was to happen.

  10. She better get her stuff together. Let me see her ex-husband lol. I like them big like that too. Im a mess.

  11. I just wish she would work on herself and I think that she needed that to humble herself.

  12. The courts/judges have probably seen the show and 😆 at her just like I’m doing now!

    Can’t wait for the second season!

    Co-sign Dana and Mzlady…..well, everyone!

  13. That what happens when a woman depends solely on a man. she married an athelete and should have known better than that. She could have started her own hustle or something with all the money she had access to. that just wasn’t smart

  14. I do not feel sorry for this woman the least bit. During the show, she showcased her immaturity and insecurity by playing childish games and snubbing the other women. As someone who has always admired strong, independent, and confident women, Sheree was a bitch from the beginning to the end of this series; she never hid her intentions to maintain the same lifestyle and her ridiculous attitude of entitlement. This is just my opinion of Ms Sheree, she lefted her husband who worshipped her because she decided that she didnt want to continue her wifely duties to a man she did not love–instead she incorrectly assume that she could have the money without the man. Hello! do you watched Snapped? That is the main reason women kill their husbands because they know they will not get the settlement their greedy little hearts desire. Sheree base her selfworth and the worth of others on outside appearances that is why this apparently stupid woman has the audacity to put other women down if they dont fit her ideal package. Too bad its time for her to trade in the designer shoes and clothings for the rags of regular people. Hopefully she will find some type of inner strength and realize that she is capable of doing whatever she wants on her own. If the show potrayed her in an accurate manner, there will be a lot of people enjoying her downfall.

  15. To: Sheree
    From: Smooth Thug
    Sheree,
    It looks like you’re going to have to finally get serious about your life and get off your behind and do something significant… like get a job. As Ms. prettylady818 said, “The gravey train has ended.”
    Regards,
    Smooth Thug

  16. well she’s living pretty good for some one with just a high school diploma and who is technically unemployed. Many working people with college degrees don’t earn that much! She should be happy she hit the jackpot with that man and learn to live within her means!

  17. That’s good for her! She need to think of how blessed she is, times are soo hard for people right now. She is complaining about not getting alimony, there are woman that dont get any support from the kids fathers let alone half a pension etc.. BUDGET WHAT IS THAT, she is eating those words. Can you say HUMILITY!

  18. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sheree needs to get it together. I understand that she has two children by this man, but he is not supposed to be helping HER maintain the lifestyle that she wants. This has nothing to do with her two children but it has EVERYTHING to with her. She doesn’t care about her children because it she did, she would be focused more on their well-being. How in the world was she supposed to get seven figures from this man when he is not worth that much. That is exactly what she gets. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Her attorneys painted her a high school graduate with limited skills.
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    I only watched 1 or 2 episodes of that Housewives garbage because that’s about all I could tolerate..But the one thing I found funny was how Sheree had a publicist, stylist, personal assistant catering to her like she’s some kind of Hollywood celeberity, what a joke..It seems to me she’s just unnesscerily blowing through money to keep a image, just spending on dumb stuff just because she has money..Why does she have to live in a 2 million home she can find a home just as nice in the 6 figure range.

    I personally didn’t care for Sheree’s attitude, I hope she doesn’t get that 7 figure settlement..It’s one thing for a man to support his wife and children but it’s another thing when she’s trying to keep a lifestyle that she doesn’t have to have. SHe can scale it down a little and still live better than the rest of us.

  20. To: REALITY

    This generation has no idea how to encompass humility. What is really pathetic is seeing grown women living their lives in the same jaded superficial manner.

  21. Correction to the person who said Sheree left her husband who worshipped her: I’m not sure that’s the accurate story actually. Sheree was on the radio a few months ago. On there she stated that her ex cheated on her on many occassions and that is why she left the relationship. One of the radio hosts responded by asking something like: isn’t that expected considering you’re married to a professional athlete? Sheree’s response to that was no, that she would not tolerate infidelity regardless of her man’s occupation. I could definitely respect that (that’s about all I can respect about the girl). Just FYI.

  22. I have always believed that no matter what, you got to do for yourself. Its always easier to live off of other people and their status. While that may be good for you, to me I would rather have my own money,power and respect. I would never want to have to depend on somebody else to take care of me and mine. I wouldnt allow it. Too bad Sheree didnt have that mindset. Now look at her, depending on this man who is not even a high-caliber athlete to maintain a lifestyle she dreams could have. Sorry boo, the only ex-wife of an athlete who will ever be able to maintain that extremely luxurious lifestyle is Miss Juanita Jordan. Ha!

  23. @Sade i feel you and SHO RIGHT and very one on this website. She knows better. I love having my own money and i live within my means. She not going to be living luxury anymore. As far as fashion she need to give it up or work with a better time.

  24. Three years and 2 children she was smart marry a football player have 2 children then get a divorce. Caring for his children did she not want children? How can that be when you had a nanny and your eldest daughter caring for the children. He cared and was more supportive for Sheree’s daughter of which was not his child even through college . Believe me she is not new to the game but it seems like she needed to polish up on her skills. I feel the courts awarded her a good settlement and she will need to adjust her lifestyle. The children are use to the RICH way of living … Bob will be sure HIS children are living comfortable and are attending good schools. He will no longer be caring for Ms. Sheree furs, clothes and shoes she had on display now she can resale them at her new store. She has skills being on Bravo in Housewives of Alanta was her first step to fame. She should have kept her mouth closed about a 7 figure settlement. Allways remember Pride comes before the Fall.

  25. ha! ha! How stupid to pump yourself up to wealthy and no worries to get exposed living above your means. That’s what she gets. Hope she suffers much embarrassment in the near future. ha! ha!

  26. This women was the only Atlanta housewife that made everyone that watched Real Housewives dislike her. She was so ARROGANT, and did everyone notice how she looked down her nose @ people.I personally thinks she looks like a man, and I’m not in the business of trying to hurt people if she were to read this, but she did not keep in mind how she came off on others. She felt every other woman wanted to be her, and she got what she deserved. She needs a nose job, and a new attitude, and maybe someone would like her. I really tried to dislike DeShawn because of the riches she had, but I couldn’t she seems to be really sweet, and she was with Eric when they were not rich.More power to you DeShawn, and that weave was FIERCE!!!!!!!!

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