Country Star Settles Divorce during Mediation
The divorce of country music starts Trace Adkins and his estranged wife Rhonda was recently settled during a private mediation session. Rhonda had originally requested a $20 million settlement, in addition to fully custody of the couple’s three daughters. Through mediation, the two negotiated an agreement.
Rhonda’s original request for divorce was filed in March 2014 citing irreconcilable differences. Some close to the couple speculated Trace’s decades-long alcohol addiction might have played a role, especially after the singer experienced a relapse in early 2014 during the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Country Cruising event that caused him to be escorted off the ship. According to witnesses, Atkins attacked a passenger performing a karaoke rendition of one of his songs.
In addition to financial support and custody, Rhonda’s original request included continued health insurance coverage and assistance with attorney’s fees.
Those close to the mediation stated that the former coupled reached an amicable agreement that was in the best interest of the entire family. Mediation allowed them and their attorneys to discuss the issues in debate and reach a settlement they both considered fair based on the circumstances.
Atkins has been a staple in the country music family since the age 34 when he got his big break with Capitol Records. His first album went platinum, producing five country hits.
The majority of the details of the settlement will remain private once it is approved by the courts. There is no word on whether the settlement includes any stipulations regarding alcohol abuse treatment for Atkins or whether his addiction will affect his visitation time with his children.