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Florida mayor, husband end brief marriage

Amid reports of an affair and ethics problems, Mayor Marni Retzer of Cape Coral, Florida, and her husband filed for divorce after less than three months of marriage. Retzger married a lieutenant with the Cape Coral Fire Department on June 28, just five weeks after she filed a restraining order against him. She had accused him of harassing her and threatening her via text and phone messages.

The couple filed for a simplified dissolution of marriage on Sept. 7. In this type of filling, spouses agree that their marriage is "irretrievably broken" and decide between themselves how assets and liabilities will be divided. This type of dissolution can be used when no alimony is being sought and there are no children involved.

While the mayor, who is taking back her maiden name, says that she wants to focus on her job, her critics say that her tumultuous personal life doesn't reflect well on the city. She is also facing a complaint filed by a city council member with the Florida Commission on Ethics involving gifts that she allegedly failed to disclose from a local businessman with whom she was reportedly romantically involved. The man, who is on one of the city's committees, says that the relationship with the mayor was over when she voted, along with the rest of the council to put him on the committee.

While this marriage was unusually short, even couples who have been married a long time can and do end those marriages via collaborative divorce or mediation. If they can amicably reach an agreement on property division and child custody issues, they can make things easier on themselves and their children.

Source: News-Press, "Cape Coral mayor and husband file for divorce," Frank Bumb, Sep. 21, 2016

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