New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton files for divorce
The divorce papers filed in the Tarrant County, Texas, were written to protect the couple’s identity. Even though the petitioner and respondent were mentioned through their initials, Sean Payton (SAP) and Beth Payton (BAP), still their identity could be guessed through the couple’s date of marriage and their two children’s birthdays as listed in the records. Furthermore, the divorce records were filed in the system under the title “Payton.” The filing of the divorce records occurred on 14 June.
The petition cited the basis for the divorce as the “discord or conflict of personalities between Petitioner and Respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”
The legal process of the divorce filing pointed to the Sean Payton’s departure from his home in the suburban Dallas, Texas, where he was living with his wife and two children, 15-years-old Megan and 12-years-old Connor.
The family moved to the suburban Dallas residence in February, while Sean Payton followed up on his head coach duties with the New Orleans Saints.
Sean Payton held a 67-37 record with the New Orleans Saints in his six seasons with the franchise and led them to the playoffs three times in a row, including a 2009 Super Bowl XLIV appearance where the New Orleans Saints crushed the Indianapolis Colts with a 31-17 victory.
The initial petition asked that Sean Payton and his wife be appointed joint custody of their two children while financial issues regarding their estate will be settled without court intervention.
As seen in most divorces, Sean Payton wife followed-up with her own petition on June 26, maintaining that she should be appointed sole custody of the children and will have “the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the children in Tarrant County, Texas.”
However, Beth Payton agreed any court appointed visits with the children given to Sean Payton, “as necessary to protect the health and well-being of the children.”
Beth Payton also demands that she be appointed the sole decision-maker with regards to the children’s legal, medical and educational matters. She also requested that Sean Payton should be held accountable for paying child support to satisfy the children’s’ medical and living expenses.
The path Sea Payton’s personal life has taken will surely be a disappointment for the 48-year-old, who revealed in light of his suspension in April that he will be spending more with his family and son. Sean Payton revealed that his disappointment at not being with the New Orleans Saints next season will b somewhat reduced since he is spending more time with the couple’s two children.
"Oftentimes with what we do, the time we get to spend with our children is limited," Sean Paton reportedly said then. "So I'm looking forward to taking advantage of that."