Politics & Government

Hearing canceled in Farmer divorce case

FRANKFORT — A court hearing Thursday in Rebecca Farmer's divorce petition against her husband, Republican nominee for lieutenant governor Richie Farmer, was canceled at the agreement of both sides.

No reason for the cancellation was given in a notice filed in Franklin Circuit Court by her attorney, Brian A. Logan of Frankfort, and his attorney, Richard M. Guarnieri of Frankfort.

The one-sentence notice filed Wednesday said, "By mutual agreement, the parties have agreed to cancel the evidentiary court hearing scheduled for May 26, 2011, and the pending motions are hereby remanded."

Logan could not be reached for comment.

Guarnieri said in a telephone interview that the case is ongoing but that the couple do not think a judge needs to hear various motions she filed in her case.

Asked whether the Farmers are trying to reconcile, Guarnieri said, "No comment."

No other hearing is scheduled in the case at this time, Guarnieri said. "It's on hold," he said.

Rebecca Farmer, 37, filed for divorce on April 5, two days after the couple separated. She has given no reason for the filing in court documents but has claimed that Farmer "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, 41, has responded in court that he disagrees with her statements that their marriage of 13 years cannot be reconciled and that she should have custody and control of their three children.

Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball star, makes $110,346 a year as state agriculture commissioner. He is running for the state's No. 2 elective office on Republican David Williams' ticket for governor.

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