Politics & Government

Richie Farmer avoids divorce trial through settlement with wife

Richie Farmer at the 2010 Keeneland Spring Meet.
Richie Farmer at the 2010 Keeneland Spring Meet.

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 Thursday.

The Franklin Circuit Clerk's office said Tuesday that the trial has been canceled. Documents were expected to be filed by the couple's attorneys.

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

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

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

Brian A. Logan of Frankfort, Rebecca Farmer's attorney, 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.

Rebecca Farmer gave no reason for the filing in court documents but claimed that her husband had "limited her access to the parties' finances." She also said 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. His term ends next week.

Guarnieri said Farmer never told him what he will do next for income.

At the time of the divorce filing, 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.