Like many couples in Ohio and across the country, Matt Lauer and his wife, Annette Roque, experienced a travesty in their marital relationship from which they could not recover. Back in 2017, Lauer lost his job on the “Today” show due to numerous extramarital affairs. Since that time, the pair has been working on their divorce settlement. With a significant amount of wealth at stake, negotiating an agreement requires time and attention to detail.

Apparently, Lauer decided to give his future ex-wife whatever she wanted in the divorce due to his guilt over what happened. Even so, it has taken some time for them to reach an agreement. In the interim, the couple continued to live in the same home with their children and intend to continue to raise them together as much as possible. Lauer is rumored to be moving out when the divorce is final.

As for the settlement, Roque will receive approximately $20 million of the couple’s assets, along with a horse ranch. The fate of other assets such as a home in the Hamptons was not reported. Before the couple can consider the matter a done deal, the court must approve it.

This is an important part of the process, and not just for Lauer and Roque. Anytime a couple negotiates their own divorce settlement, whether here in Ohio or elsewhere, it must receive the approval of the court before it becomes final, along with the divorce. If the court finds problems with it, the couple may be sent back to renegotiate and rewrite the portion identified by the judge. In order to reduce the chances of that happening, an attorney could help with the process from start to finish.