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Newt Gingrich

Gingrich, Battley divorce

1 Feb, 1981

Gingrich divorces his wife of 18 years, Jackie Battley among rumors that he presented her with papers while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery.  His official divorce complaint states that

the marriage of the parties is irretriebably (sic) broken.

Battley’s official response is recorded as:

Defendant shows that she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce, but that she does not desire one at this time.  Although defendant does not admit that this marriage is irretrievably broken, defendant has been hopeful that an arrangement for temporary support of defendant and the two minor daughters of the parties could be mutually agreed upon without the intervention of this court.  All efforts to date have been unsuccessful.