When Jennifer Flavin filed for divorce from Sylvester Stallone in a court in Palm Beach, Florida on August 19, the move surprised the entire globe.
Just three months earlier, the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with gorgeous his-and-hers Instagram posts. And Stallone himself confirmed in July that the family is filming an upcoming reality series for Paramount+.
But behind their smiles and happy statements, there were problems that could not be solved and the glass overflowed. Stallone, 76, and Flavin, 54, “are very different people, both in age and temperament,” said a source who has spent time with the couple.
“What was once exciting and challenging is now routine and irritating.”
His apparent short temper can sometimes be a problem, Flavin’s source tells People magazine. “He tends to do things on his own without asking her first,” says the source. In fact, Stallone admitted to TMZ that he and Flavin fell out over his new Rottweiler, Dwight, but denied that the dog was the main reason for their split.
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However, adds the Hollywood source, “disagreements over small issues add up after so many years together.” This echoes what another insider previously told People magazine: “It really wasn’t just one problem that made her file for divorce. They had a lot of problems for years and she was just fed up.”
In his divorce petition, Flavin alleged that he “deliberately squandered” the marital estate. Under Florida law, this can include such things as excessive spending, gambling, gift giving, or unnecessary borrowing by the spouse during the separation. Flavin wants Stallone barred from selling or spending their assets during the divorce proceedings, and also wants sole use of their $35 million Palm Beach home.
“Usually we draw up a marital balance sheet and divide what’s on it” high-profile divorce attorney Randy Kessler, who does not work with Stallone or Flavin, told People magazine. “If there has been such a squandering, we often add those assets as a separate line item. The party accused of squandering may receive a much smaller portion of the remaining assets.”
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But Stallone is fighting Flavin’s claim. His legal team responded to her divorce filing on Aug. 29, with court documents stating that the actor “has not engaged in any conduct that constitutes a willful dissipation, depletion and/or squandering of the marital estate.” He also disputes her sole use of the house.