Michael Moore's Divorce Highlights Asset Disputes


If you have complaints about your spendthrift spouse during your Pasadena divorce, you’re not alone. Noted documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, best known for hits like Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine is preparing evidence for his July divorce trial to show that wife Kathleen Glynn’s excessive spending has jeopardized their financial situation and limited his future earning potential.

Moore and Glynn have been married 22 years and have no children. The couple is said to have about $50 million in assets. They are listed as joint owners of the production company Dog Eat Dog Films. Glynn served as a producer on some of Moore’s documentary films.

The couple owns a total of nine properties in Michigan and New York. Moore claims Glynn wasted a large portion of their marital funds on an extravagant lakeside Michigan mansion that damaged his professional reputation by opening him up to ridicule for spending lavishly while criticizing the rich in his films. Moore’s trial exhibit list is said to include six stories published in 2011 that describe “Moore’s $2 Million Hypocrite House” and a “Massive Michigan Vacation Mansion Beyond 99 Percent’s Wildest Dreams.”

As a result of this controversy, several experts are being called to testify as to Moore’s continued earning potential. Tax returns can be used to determine the income of wage earners, but Moore is considered self-employed and thus expected to have a variable income. Proving a decrease in income would limit his liability for spousal support.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that Moore was often away from home for long periods of time while filming, and the date of their separation isn't clear. Moore claims he separated from his wife in August 2010. Glynn lists the date of separation as June 2013. Property acquired after the date of separation is considered a separate asset, so an earlier separation date would likely work in Moore’s favor.

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