Tiki Barber and fiance delay nuptuals

April 23, 2012, by David P. Schwarz

The divorce between Tiki Barber and his estranged wife, Ginny Cha, is still ongoing. Because it has not ended, the marriage between Tiki and his faince on May 12 has been postponed.

Allegedly, earlier this month, Tiki reached a divorce settlement with Ginny after two years of bitter litigation over child support and spousal support. But a source states that, "The divorce will not be finalized in time for the May 12 wedding, so Tiki and Traci have told friends and vendors that the date will be pushed back to, hopefully, early summer."

As a background, Ginny and Tiki had been married 11 years when they split in March 2010, when Ginny was eight months pregnant with twin girls. Tiki, who at the time was an NBC Sports and "Today" show contributor, left Ginny for his fiance, a former NBC intern. Ginny filed for divorce in April 2010, and Tiki and Traci became engaged last year.

From an Orange County divorce lawyer's perspective, if a party to a divorce would like to marry before their prior divorce has been finalized, it is best to file a Motion for bifurcation of marital status. A bifurcation for marital status will bifurcate marital status and both parties will be reverted back to their "single" status. Once single, each party can remarry. However, the party requesting the bifurcation must follow through with Family Code section 2337 factors.

Family Code section 2337 factors are as follows:

(1) The party shall indemnify and hold the other party harmless
from any taxes, reassessments, interest, and penalties payable by the
other party in connection with the division of the community estate
that would not have been payable if the parties were still married at
the time the division was made.
(2) Until judgment has been entered on all remaining issues and
has become final, the party shall maintain all existing health and
medical insurance coverage for the other party and any minor children
as named dependents, so long as the party is eligible to do so. If
at any time during this period the party is not eligible to maintain
that coverage, the party shall, at the party's sole expense, provide
and maintain health and medical insurance coverage that is comparable
to the existing health and medical insurance coverage to the extent
it is available. To the extent that coverage is not available, the
party shall be responsible to pay, and shall demonstrate to the court'
s satisfaction the ability to pay, for the health and medical care
for the other party and the minor children, to the extent that care
would have been covered by the existing insurance coverage but for
the dissolution of marital status, and shall otherwise indemnify and
hold the other party harmless from any adverse consequences resulting
from the loss or reduction of the existing coverage. For purposes of
this subdivision, "health and medical insurance coverage" includes
any coverage for which the parties are eligible under any group or
individual health or other medical plan, fund, policy, or program.
(3) Until judgment has been entered on all remaining issues and
has become final, the party shall indemnify and hold the other party
harmless from any adverse consequences to the other party if the
bifurcation results in a termination of the other party's right to a
probate homestead in the residence in which the other party resides
at the time the severance is granted.
(4) Until judgment has been entered on all remaining issues and
has become final, the party shall indemnify and hold the other party
harmless from any adverse consequences to the other party if the
bifurcation results in the loss of the rights of the other party to a
probate family allowance as the surviving spouse of the party.
(5) Until judgment has been entered on all remaining issues and
has become final, the party shall indemnify and hold the other party
harmless from any adverse consequences to the other party if the
bifurcation results in the loss of the other party's rights with
respect to any retirement, survivor, or deferred compensation
benefits under any plan, fund, or arrangement, or to any elections or
options associated therewith, to the extent that the other party
would have been entitled to those benefits or elections as the spouse
or surviving spouse of the party.
(6) The party shall indemnify and hold the other party harmless
from any adverse consequences if the bifurcation results in the loss
of rights to social security benefits or elections to the extent the
other party would have been entitled to those benefits or elections
as the surviving spouse of the party.

Once the bifurcation is granted, each party is free to remarry. Any issues remaining in the divorced are reserved.

If you have any issues or concerns about filing for an Orange County or Los Angeles County divorce, contact an Orange County divorce lawyer for more information.

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