30 years marriage of an American minister whose ministry is hinged on espousing “the virtuous woman” of proverbs 31 has crashed.
Lysa Terkeurst filed for divorce after discovering her husband had spent about $100 thousand on an “illicit sexual” extramarital affair.
A recent court filing report shows that the husband of Proverbs 31 Ministries founder spent more than $100,000 on an “illicit sexual” extramarital affair with a woman he met online.
The court filing provides further detail into the divorce filings between Lysa, and her husband, Art. It was reported that in January, Lysa announced that she had filed for divorce from Art in December 2021, after 30 years of marriage.
Lysa first announced that she was divorcing Art in 2017 due to substance abuse issues and for having an affair with a woman he met online. The couple, however, called off their divorce and actually renewed their vows in 2018. The marriage is now on the verge of dissolution now.
The media report says in February, Art filed a response to the second divorce petition and requested post-separation support, alimony, equitable division of property, damages, and the rescission of a post-nuptial agreement.
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In the filing, the husband argued that when he signed the post-nuptial agreement with Lysa, he was under duress because he was struggling with suicidal thoughts and preparing to enter an alcoholism treatment facility. Additionally, he argued that the post-nuptial agreement was invalidated as part of the couple’s “fresh start” after completing treatment and renewing their vows.
Despite admitting that he engaged in “illicit sexual behavior” before signing the post-nuptial agreement, Art contended that he had been a “faithful and dutiful spouse” since signing the contract. In his request for post-separation support, Art explained he is “actually and substantially dependent upon [his] wife for his maintenance and support” and that he is unable to make the “financial ability or adequate resources” needed to meet his desired standards of living.
Lysa, however, disagreed with her former husband’s claims during a motion in April. As reported by Ministry Watch, Lysa entered a motion to refute Art’s counterclaims, respond to his allegations, and request a compel arbitration.
The Forgiving What You Can’t Forget author argued that Art had openly agreed to the post-nuptial agreement and dropped out of the alcohol treatment program without completing it. Lysa also refuted her husband’s claims that he was suicidal, insisting that he had shown “narcissistic and sociopathic tendencies” over the years.
In her filing, Lysa said that both the post-separation support and alimony should be denied because of Art’s infidelity and noted that they both “maintained completely separate financial accounts pursuant to the post-nuptial agreement” even after reconciling.
The filing reported revealed text messages between Art TerKeurst and “Mistress X,” whom he allegedly met on SugarDaddy.com.
He was said to have spent $118,000 of the TerKeurts’ money on the extramarital affair. The expenses included paying for the mistress to move from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina (near his home) and purchasing a “pre-engagement left-hand ring” for her.