Shellie Zimmerman has filed for divorce just days after saying how her husband’s murder trial put a strain on their marriage.
George Zimmerman’s wife filed to legally end her marriage two days after breaking her silence during a television interview where she explained that her self-esteem had been “beaten down” by her husband.
Shellie Zimmerman’s lawyer, Kelly Sims, confirmed the split to The Orlando Sentinel on Thursday and said that while the formal filing is imminent, the couple separated on August 13- exactly one month after he was acquitted of Trayvon Martin’s murder.
George Zimmerman’s wife, who told the court that she was two months shy of earning her registered nurse license before dropping out of school, has no income and six-figure debts.
According to the paper, Shellie Zimmerman has $103,756 in debt due to school and car loans as well as credit card bills.
She wants to have a mediator divide up the couple’s assets equitably but she hopes to gain custody of their two dogs- a Rottweiller named Oso and a mixed breed named Leroy.
Shellie Zimmerman’s $12,729 in assets is attributed largely to her Honda Accord.
“After much soul searching and recent disappointments, Shellie feels compelled to officially end her six-year marriage to George Michael Zimmerman,” Kelly Sims said.
“The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken,” the filing wrote.
Shellie Zimmerman’s brother-in-law, Robert, who frequently made press appearances during the trial, said that Shellie has not yet filed the divorce papers but her legal team confirmed to him that they will be processed soon.
“According to Shellie’s atty Kelly Sims – Shellie is preparing to file 4 divorce. Docs have not yet been filed in Seminole Cty. Pray 4 them,” Robert Zimmerman wrote on Twitter.