Of all the celebrity divorces of 2018, probably the last one I thought might turn dramatic is the divorce of Geena Davis from her husband of almost 17 years Dr. Reza Jarrahy. The most drama I could have predicted would be Geena showing up 4 minutes late to her lawyer’s office to sign official split documents after scrambling to find a parking spot. Instead things have gotten a bit dramatic, because he might not even be her husband!
Reza filed for divorce back in May, and he asked for joint legal and physical custody of their three children, as well as spousal support. He also asked a judge to block Geena from asking for support from him. TMZ says that Geena has recently filed documents asking the judge to dismiss Reza’s divorce petition, because she claims they were never legally married. That’s not to say they faked a wedding. Geena and Reza got married in the Hamptons in 2001, but according to Geena, the marriage license was never properly returned to the court clerk. Under New York law, that means they technically didn’t get married. She doesn’t say why the license was never returned, but that it was an “intentional” choice.
Geena argues that if they were never actually married, then they can’t split up any property. In her documents she states that whatever they personally bought, they own, and claims that they always filed their taxes as “single” or “head of household.” As for their money, Geena says they kept separate bank accounts and credit cards. In 2012, Dr. Reza Jarrahyapplied for a home loan and reportedly confirmed that he and Geena were “cohabiting” and not legally wed.
She doesn’t want to give him any spousal support, because she doesn’t think he’s owed it if he wasn’t her spouse. He doesn’t dispute her claim that the marriage license wasn’t filed, but he says they had a wedding and acted like husband and wife, and that’s basically the same thing.
He also says her revelation about the marriage license is unfortunate because it would make their three children “illegitimate.” Geena clearly feels the same, and her lawyer reached out to TMZ to describe it as “arcane” and having no place in modern society.
Where I’m from, you can be common law married, which means you’re basically married without the documents. And if you get divorced, the split works the same as a legal marriage would. But Geena and Dr. Reza live in California, which doesn’t recognize common law marriage. I suppose Dr. Reza could ask for some kind of palimony agreement, but Geena might respond by once again pulling out those old tax forms and pointing to the word “single.” All I know is that there’s probably at least one person from their wedding who is pissed to learn it wasn’t even a real wedding. “You mean I risked getting shit on during the ceremonial dove release for nothing?!”