Thursday April 4, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The office of Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that the divorce between him and his wife, Deb, had been finalized on March 18 in Windham County Family Court.

The pair had been separated for several years. Shumlin and his now ex-wife issued a joint statement.

"Even though divorce is a sad occasion, Deb and I will be forever blessed by many extraordinary years together and two remarkable daughters. No parents could ask for a greater gift than Olivia and Becca, and Deb and I are grateful that we remain friends and will continue to share our strong family. We make this statement in light of my public office, but Deb and I will have no further comment on this private issue."

In documents filed with the court, no reason was given for the divorce. Because Vermont is a no-fault state, no reason need be given.

As part of the decree, Shumlin agreed to pay his ex-wife $10,000 a month in spousal maintenance until the death of either him or Deborah. Shumlin also agreed to grant his ex-wife $3 million in securities invested in a capital account, though she won't have access to any of the funds until at least 2020, according to the agreement.

In addition, Shumlin ceded the couple's Dusty Ridge residence in Putney to his ex-wife. Last fall, Shumlin completed construction of a home in East Montpelier. He has lived in the area since he was elected governor in 2010.

Shumlin will keep in his sole possession the Ranney Dairy Farm, the 104 acres he inherited from his parents, the "Huntoon Land" and the "Makris" parcel, all in Westminster, though the couple agreed to subdivide 27 acres from the "Huntoon Land" for Deb's personal use.

Shumlin also was awarded his interest in the buildings, land, premises and interests of his family business, Putney Student Travel Offices and Services, located on Hickory Ridge Road in Westminster.

They agreed to hold in common a house and property in Nova Scotia, but Shumlin was granted sole possession of a nearby cabin.

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