Johnny Weir and Husband Reconcile After Executing Untraditional Marriage Contract
TMZ is reporting that figure skater, Johnny Weir, and husband, Victor Voronov, who separated earlier this year, have reconciled.
Weir, an American figure skater and world bronze medalist in 2008, has become infamous for his sense of fashion, outspokenness, and most recently, his hosting gig at the Sochi Olympic Games. Voronov, a lawyer, and Weir were married in December 2011 in New York City. The couple announced their separation from one another in February 2014.
Now, just two months later, Weir and Voronov have apparently reconciled. And while a reconciliation is always nice to hear about, this one is particularly interesting and unique.
According to TMZ, Voronov agreed to call off the divorce provided that Weir sign a document apologizing for criticism of Voronov in the media and pledging to keep Weir's Mother out of the parties' relationship conflict.
However, it gets more unusual... TMZ reports that Weir then advised that he had some conditions of his own. The marriage contract obtained by TMZ:
- Defines the types of cheating behaviours that will and will not be allowed, including "sexting," "aggressive flirting" and "social media/grindr dating", as well as any form of "sex outside the marriage;
- Stipulates the ability for one party to veto the other's contact with anyone "in close range... with someone from our past or someone to be part of the future" (in other words, the ability to veto contact with an ex-boyfriend); and
- Requires joint STD tests every 6 months with the results being read with both parties in the room.
What about property, you ask? Well the agreement deals with that too, although not in the traditional sense. According to TMZ, the marriage (post-nuptial) contract states that gifts given from one party to the other belong to the giftee (and not the giftor). The Agreement also apparently contains a section entitled "ultimatums," whereby the parties are allowed to create certain consequences for failure to complete certain tasks. Interesting to say the least.
While it is difficult to tell at this point how much of the aforementioned agreement would actually be enforceable if tested in a court of law, we are nonetheless happy that the parties have reconciled.
That being said, the parties must be aware that a short reconciliation may not have the effect of changing their official date of separation, if they separate again. In Canada, spouses are deemed to have lived separate and apart for any period during which they lived apart and either of them had the intention to live separate and apart from the other, and that period is said not to end only by reason that the spouses have resumed cohabitation during a period of not more than ninety days with reconciliation as its primary purpose. Accordingly, if the new arrangements don't work out for Weir and Voronov, and they split again in less than ninety days, they could be looking at their old date of separation for determining when they can officially obtain a divorce (one year from their original separation date). With respect to property division, however, the valuation date would be the date the parties officially separated after reconciling, unless the parties' agreement specifically addresses this issue.