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Atlanta third baseman separates from wife

A member of the Atlanta Braves baseball team has reportedly separated with his wife, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. If the separation ends in divorce, it will be the second split for third baseman Chipper Jones, who went through a very public split with his first wife in 1998. Likely remembering that situation, it appears that Jones will attempt to handle this separation as privately as possible.

Jones and his wife have been married for 12 years and have three sons together, ages 11, 7 and 6. Jones also has a 14-year-old son who was reportedly born out of an extramarital affair when he was married to (or in the process of getting divorced from) his first wife in 1998. That affair was the reason for Jones' very public, contested split from his wife.

Although the reason for the current separation has not yet been announced, there is no indication that any similar allegations of infidelity are involved. It remains to be seen whether Jones makes any public statements about his current marital situation.

Jones, 40, is currently playing his final season with the Braves. During his successful 18-year-career, all of which was spent in Atlanta, Jones made the All-Star roster seven times. He just returned from the disabled list last week.

As a high-earning professional athlete, it is likely that the property division will be one of the most contentious issues of Jones' potential divorce. In such situations, it is important to have a skilled family law attorney and financial team to property valuate and divide assets.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Chipper, wife separate after 12 years of marriage," Carroll Rogers, June 14, 2012

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