Martina’s Ex-partner Makes End Run for Settlement

Because there is no same-sex marriage in Florida, the former partner of tennis legend Martina Navratilova is using an unusual legal tactic, arguing that the couple’s relationship was similar to a business venture.

Navratilova’s former partner Toni Layton is suing for half of the money and assets acquired during the couple’s relationship, which lasted from 2000 to 2008.

Layton claims partial ownership to vehicles, guns, African pictures, an Apple computer, pets, electronics, a Vince Salvati painting, Wyland animal sculptures, a porcelain cookie bowl, collectible “frog art,” and other property worth more than $1.5 million combined, according to Tampa Bay Online.

Legal experts say the case could have broad implications.

Raymond Rafool, Layton’s attorney, said Florida’s “archaic laws” regarding same-sex couples forced him to be creative.

“In the law, that’s what you have to do in Florida in order to receive fair compensation,” said Rafool, who has represented high-profile divorce clients, including Linda Bollea, former wife of professional wrestler Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea.


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