|Bishop Eddie Long, Atlanta megachurch leader|
Mrs. Long filed a petition for divorce Thursday in DeKalb County Superior Court to end her 21-year marriage to the embattled minister. The church sent out a press release Friday morning saying Vanessa Long planned to withdraw her petition, but her attorney said later in the day that she had changed her mind.
In her petition, Vanessa Long indicated that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and that there was “no hope of reconciliation of the parties.” She asked the court for temporary and permanent alimony, as well as attorneys’ fees and an equitable division of marital and non-marital property.
“Vanessa and I are working together in seeking God’s will in our current circumstances,” Eddie Long said in a written statement.
According to the divorce petition, the couple is “currently living in a bona fide state of separation.”
Bishop Long was embroiled in scandal earlier this year when allegations of sexual misconduct with four young men emerged.