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Farmers reach settlement in divorce case

December 27, 2011 | | Comments 0

By Jack Brammer
jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT – State Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and his wife, Rebecca Ann Farmer, have reached a settlement in their divorce case.

The two were to participate in a public trial Dec. 29.

The Franklin Circuit Clerk’s office said Tuesday the trial has been canceled and it is awaiting documents from the couple’s attorneys.

Richie Farmer’s attorney, Richard M. Guarnieri of Frankfort, said a divorce decree will be presented soon to the judge to sign to finalize the case.

He said the documents presented to the court will not identify details of the settlement such as custody and support payment of the couple’s three sons.

The couple wants to keep the settlement as private as possible, he said.

Rebecca Farmer’s attorney, Brian A. Logan of Frankfort, was not immediately available for comment.

Rebecca Farmer filed for divorce on April 5, two days after the couple separated. They had been married for 13 years.

She gave no reason for the filing in court documents but claimed that Famer “has limited her access to the parties’ finances” and that the only money she has comes from her net monthly income of less than $1,100 as a teacher’s aide in the Franklin County school system.

Farmer makes $110,346 a year as state agriculture commissioner but he will be stepping down from the job on Jan. 1.

Guarnieri said Farmer never told him what he will be doing next for a living.

At the time of the filing of divorce, Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball star from Clay County, was a candidate for lieutenant governor on the gubernatorial ticket of Republican David Williams.

The slate lost to Democrat Steve Beshear and his running mate, Jerry Abramson, in the November general election.

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