After 18 years of marriage, Randy Jackson and Erika Riker have officially called it quits. Riker filed for divorce from Jackson in September of 2014, citing irreconcilable differences, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ. The couple shares a son, Jordan, who was 17 years old at the time of the filing, and Riker requested full physical custody and joint legal custody of him, as well as spousal support. Their daughter, Zoe, was already legally an adult.
Interestingly, it was later revealed that Jackson and Riker did not have a prenuptial agreement, leaving Riker eligible for half of Jackson’s $40 million estate. Despite the financial implications of their divorce, sources say that the couple remained amicable and even continued living in the same house for some time.
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While it seems that Jackson and Riker were both in agreement about getting a divorce, the way in which Riker filed caught Jackson off guard. “Randy and Erika had a plan [of how they would file] but at the end of the day, she decided to file [on Friday]. Randy is bummed out. It’s not the way he wanted it to happen or end,” a source shared with People.
Unfortunately, the divorce proceedings took years to reach a settlement, causing further stress and frustration for both parties. Despite the challenges that come with divorce, Jackson and Riker have both moved on with their lives and continue to co-parent their son, Jordan.
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As a 20-year-old female news writer, it’s important to note that divorce is a common occurrence in today’s society and can happen to anyone, regardless of their income or social status. While it’s unfortunate that Jackson and Riker’s marriage ended in divorce, it’s important to remember that both parties have the right to move on and find happiness in their own lives.