The wife of Benny Hinn has filed papers seeking an Orange County Divorce from the televangelist, according to a recent item published on the celebrity news website ContactMusic.com.
Hinn, a faith healer, is widely reported to be one of the most financially successful television preachers in on earth, travelling the globe on a leased private jet code named “Dove One”. Though Hinn’s ministry is legally based in Texas, his main church and a church-run television studio are both located in Orange County. According to ContactMusic, he and his wife Suzanne have been married for more than 30 years and have four children. The Los Angeles Times reports the couple separated in late January and Hinn has been living in Dana Point since that time.
The Times reports that Hinn has long been known for a lavish lifestyle. “Hinn has never fully publically disclosed how he spends the money he raises, but his vast ministry is believed to be a multimillion-dollar operation,” according to the paper. The report also notes that while finances are not mentioned in the divorce filing the court papers do list “three recent Southern California residences” for the Hinn family.
The Hinn divorce is likely to raise questions of personal versus ministry finances and is a reminder of the importance of consulting with an Orange County divorce attorney as soon as it appears that a split has become likely. Separating personal and business assets can sometimes be a difficult task, and the sooner one gets an experienced Southern California divorce lawyer working on this and other divorce-related issues, the better. One need not have the sort of empire over which Hinn presides for these issues to become complex and, potentially, messy. Early consultation with a Los Angeles or Costa Mesa divorce attorney is a prudent way to avoid problems further down the line.
AP via the Los Angeles Times: Wife of prosperity gospel televangelist Benny Hinn files for divorce in California
ContactMusic: Televangelist Hinn’s Wife Files for Divorce