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High asset divorce for Lauer after "Today" show departure

Many New Jersey residents are aware of the ongoing divorce between former television host Matt Lauer and his wife of 20 years, Annette Roque. The couple split following allegations against Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior within his workplace. Those accusations also led to his departure from a lucrative position as longtime host of the "Today" show, as well as a high asset divorce.

The couple have weathered previous marital difficulties. Roque file for divorce in 2006, but withdrew that petition a mere three weeks later. Reports suggest she also considered divorce in 2014. It appears that the recent allegations of sexual improprieties became the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

As they navigate their divorce, the parties will need to come to terms on how to divide their significant fortune. It's estimated that Matt Lauer earned in excess of $100 million over his time at NBC. In recent years, his salary was rumored to be nearly $25 million per year. The couple own three homes, and also have minor children.

There is no mention of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place, which leaves the parties to negotiate the terms of their high asset divorce. Very often, celebrity couples reach an agreement outside of court to avoid their information becoming part of public record. However, there are also instances in which a couple simply cannot come to terms, and must turn to the court for guidance on property division and child custody matters. If that is the outcome in this case, New Jersey residents may learn far more about Matt Lauer's role as husband as well as his financial standing both prior to and after his television career.

Source: people.com, "Matt Lauer Is Heading for a $100 Million Divorce: What's at Stake?", Gillian Telling, May 16, 2018

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