Treneff Cozza Law, LLC
Protect Your Rights

Ben Vereen seeks divorce from first wife a second time

In most cases, ending a marriage is tough for an Ohio couple. At least one partner goes through the span of emotions, from denial and anger to, finally, acceptance. So, who can forget that they have been through that? It seems long-time entertainer Ben Vereen and his ex-wife both forgot they went through a divorce many years ago.

Vereen and Andrea Townsley married in 1965 when they were both still teenagers. In 1972, Ben filed for divorce before he moved to Los Angeles and believed the action had been finalized. Townsley contacted him two years ago and told him they were still married, information disclosed by the Social Security Administration when she had applied for benefits.

Vereen subsequently sued for divorce a second time, stating his attorney in 1972 never followed up with the court to make sure the divorce was actually granted. However, after his own diligent search, Townsley's attorney found the finalized divorce decree that had been granted in 1974. Townsley then requested $63,000 from Vereen to pay for the legal fees his second request cost her. The presiding judge, after questioning how both parties could forget they had gone through a divorce all those years ago leading to such a costly second lawsuit, considered the income of both parties and ordered Vereen to pay a sum of $10,000, giving an August 15 deadline.

Records are more easily accessible this day and age. It would not be too hard to find the court's verdict in a divorce or any other case for those who may have doubts. An Ohio attorney can be of invaluable assistance should there be confusion pertaining to a person's legal history.

Source:, "Ben Vereen must pay up in bizarre divorce mix-up", Julia Marsh, June 29, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super Lawyers | Craig P Treneff
  • Super Lawyers | Andrea L Cozza
  • Best Lawyers |  BEST LAW FIRMS | U.S.NEWS | 2017
  • Best Lawyers |  BEST LAW FIRMS | U.S.NEWS | 2018
  • Best Lawyers
Email Us For a Response

Empower Yourself With Information

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Put Your Future In Good Legal Hands | Call 614-891-4230 Local Or 866-829-0717 Toll Free.

Treneff Cozza Law, LLC
155 Commerce Park Dr.
Suite 5
Westerville, OH 43082

Toll Free: 866-829-0717
Phone: 614-948-6957
Phone: 614-891-4230
Fax: 614-891-4301
Map & Directions