Monday, June 23, 2008


The six-year marriage of prophetess Juanita Bynum and Bishop Thomas Weeks is now officially over. The proceedings were stopped at one point when Bynum revealed the two had sex after their separation. What's not known is if the couple had sex after the now infamous assault by Weeks on Bymum. The judge in the case, Debra Turner, left the courtroom to research whether the divorce could be granted under Georgia law, which, in part, sees sex by separated couples as a act of reconciliation. "My understanding is you can no longer have marital relations based on the date of separation that you file," Turner said. However, Randy Kessler, Weeks' attorney, said that the couple had been living in separation and that Bynum filed for divorce after the sexual encounter. "The fact that they had sex before she filed for divorce is an amendable defect," said Kessler, meaning the conjugal coupling should not void the divorce. Later, after a recess, Judge Turner agreed to push the date of separation up to September to circumvent the reconciliation issue. Both Bynum and Weeks expressed relief and a measure of joy that their marriage, marked by an elaborate televised wedding, a high-profile ministry and a parking lot beat down, was over. Bynum filed for divorce in September. On Friday, about a month shy of her sixth wedding anniversary to Weeks, Bynum said she was at peace with the divorce. "It's not a sad thing," she said. "It has been a long awaited moment."

"I feel like it's a new day, a brand new life, a brand new time," Weeks said.

According to a 14-page settlement agreement, neither party will receive alimony. They have divided all bank accounts and will retain ownership of the debt and individual assets they had before marriage. Bynum also asked for some sentimental antiques she collected seven years ago, including a harp and a sculpture of a woman. Weeks gets the couple's 2004 Land Rover, his international ministry and the church the couple started together in Duluth, Global Destiny. Bynum agreed to pay $40,000 in attorney fees for Weeks. Bynum said doesn't have time to waste on moping. She said she has been hired as a regular adviser on "Divorce Court," and two weeks ago, was permanently added to the cast of "Lincoln Heights," an ABC network series She still continues herministry. Weeks said he will focus on building his church and "healing" his broken heart. "You have to deal with the trauma," he said. "I didn't marry her to be here today."


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Anonymous said...

Prophetess Bynum we miss you and most of all we are praying for you. We still listen to the Word GOD put inside of you as we hear you on the videos and tapes. Woman of GOD remember you are a chosen vessel for the BODY OF CHRIST. Things may come and bring a blow to you, but it make us stronger to do the job we were sent to do.

Pastor Weeks, we are praying for you also. GOD loves you and we love you also.

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