It has been about two months since Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from Wendi Murdoch, his wife of 14 years. And, if The New York Times is right, things are about to get rough. Wendi has ditched Pamela Sloan as her legal advisor and hired William Zabel.
The Murdochs signed a prenup and two postnups, but Zabel, who has had experience with “nasty marital spats,” is expected to debate custody rights of the couple’s two children and explore the details of the Murdoch family trust. Apparently the latter has been the source of contention for years.
In a 2006 interview with Charlie Rose, Murdoch mentioned that Chloe and Grace would enjoy the same financial benefits of the trust as his other four kids, but not the voting power. That didn’t sit well with Wendi:
The slip almost created a separation, and prompted Mrs. Murdoch to negotiate more favorable terms for her daughters, according to people close to the couple. Mr. Zabel, an expert in trust law, is expected to examine the soundness of the trust structure.
Round one hasn’t even started, but this is indeed shaping up to be a hell of a fight.