Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in 2017.
Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Kathleen Biden filed for divorce from her 23-year-old husband, Hunter, late last year, according to Washington, DC Superior Court records.
Kathleen’s Dec. 9 complaint and subsequent filings detail a troubled relationship between the couple alleging drug use and infidelity dating back to at least 2015, shortly after Hunter’s brother, the former attorney general of the Delaware, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter confirmed to the New York Post on Wednesday that he is romantically involved with Beau’s widow Hallie.
The 47-year-old lawyer, investment manager and former lobbyist told Page Six: “Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a time. difficult, and it was evident to the people who love us the most.We were so lucky to have family and friends who supported us every step of the way.
Joe Biden, his wife Jill and Hallie’s father Ron Olivere have publicly pledged their support for the couple.
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Joe Biden, who served Delaware for 36 years in the US Senate, told Page Six: “We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie have found each other as they come back to their lives after such sadness. They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we’re happy for them.
Hallie, 43, worked as a high school admission and guidance counselor. She has two children, daughter Natalie and son Hunter, with the late Beau Biden. She could not be reached for comment this week.
Hunter has three children with Kathleen, 48, a full-time mother and housewife. She hasn’t worked outside of their Washington home since she got married, court records show. Originally from Chicago, Kathleen met Hunter while working for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She later campaigned for her stepfather when he was running for vice president.
Her complaint alleges that Hunter did not adequately support the family after the couple officially separated in October 2015. In late 2016, Hunter ordered his office to reduce Kathleen’s $ 17,000 monthly payment to 7,500. $, depending on the complaint. Real estate records show the couple own a six-bedroom house in Washington that was purchased for nearly $ 1.6 million in 2006.
During the separation, Hunter drained hundreds of thousands of dollars from the couple’s marital assets by “spending extravagantly on his own interests (including drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women he has sex with), while leaving the family without funds to pay legitimate bills, ”according to a February 23 petition filed by Kathleen. The petition asks the court to prevent Hunter from pursuing the “dissipation” of the assets.
In 2014, the Navy Reserve fired Hunter after he tested positive for cocaine. He had served for less than a year as a public affairs officer.
Hunter’s attorneys have yet to respond to the February 23 request. The next court hearing is scheduled for March 30.
In response to Kathleen’s initial complaint, Hunter denied that his conduct precipitated the couple’s separation and argued that he had sufficiently supported the family during their separation from his wife. Additionally, Hunter’s attorney asked Kathleen to provide all documents, including letters, cards, and e-mails “between you and anyone with whom you had a romantic or sexual relationship other than your husband during the wedding”.
In July 2015, two months after Beau Biden’s death, Kathleen told Hunter to leave their Washington home “because of his conduct the day before,” according to court documents filed by her attorney. The record does not specify the conduct, only to say that the couple had previously discussed that such conduct would not be tolerated.
Kathleen’s attorney, Rebekah Sullivan, did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Hunter’s attorney, Sara Mancinelli, declined to comment on the allegations against her client.
“Hunter loves and admires Kathleen as a person, mother and friend,” Mancinelli wrote in an email to the News Journal. “He hopes their privacy can be respected at this time.”
In 2012, Hunter became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Nations World Food Program in the United States. He also sits on the board of one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas companies, Burisma.
Despite multiple sources of income, “the parties’ unpaid debts are shocking and overwhelming,” according to the file filed by Kathleen. These include maximum credit card debt, double mortgages on two properties, over $ 313,000 in tax debt and three bad checks to their housekeeper.
Kathleen’s complaint accuses Hunter of depositing more than $ 122,000 in marital income into her bank account alone while they were separated. He spent all the money in less than two months, according to the lawsuit.
On February 17, according to the complaint, Kathleen discovered that Hunter was in possession of a large diamond valued at approximately $ 80,000, which he then returned.
Kathleen has asked the court for sole custody of the couple’s youngest daughter, Maisy, 16, with a “reasonable visit” from her father.
“Mr. Biden’s recent conduct creates dangerous or traumatic situations for the children of the parties, and his judgment is often impaired with respect to their safety, care and best interests,” according to his February 23 filing.
Hunter applied to the court for joint custody, noting that “he has always played an active and committed role in the care and education” of Maisy.
In his Jan. 6 response to the divorce complaint, Hunter said he was prepared to pay child support, but also believed his wife, a college graduate, could become self-sufficient.
“Ms. Biden is in a position to contribute to her own support and the support of the children,” the document said.
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