The battle lines have been drawn in the divorce of socialite Jodi Dickinson from retired Carnival Cruise Line CEO Bob Dickinson.
In a recent filing at the Miami-Dade County courthouse in downtown Miami, Jodi has hinted she might go after Bob’s famous wine collection.
And Bob’s retaliation, in the form of a counter-petition for divorce that came swiftly, hints that Jodi had more debts than income when the two got hitched in 1988.
One of Miami society’s most visible philanthropic couples, the Dickinson split in June, according to the paperwork, and have been trading filings since.
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While Jodi alleged “irreconcilable differences” when she drew first blood, she’s also asking for alimony.
She is “not employed and is dependent on [Bob] for support,” her original petition reads. “[Bob] is well able to pay alimony … temporary and permanent.”
Jodi also wants to make sure she becomes the beneficiary of life insurance that Bob is being asked to buy.
There’s her request to get her share from “equal distribution of marital assets,” including half the value of the couple’s mansion in Coral Gables. It’s for sale for $6.2 million.
And another demand for “furniture, furnishing, fixtures, appliances, antiques, art work, sculptures, objects d’art, wine,” all of which bear a “substantial fair market value.”
Indeed, Bob’s wine collection is famous in South Florida, with a cellar with room for 20,000 bottles.
Jodi’s filing led to Bob’s scathing counter-strike, in which he asked the judge for “unequal” distribution after the 28-year union.
Translation: He wants much more than 50 percent.
“The husband entered the marriage with a substantial … estate,” his petition reads. “The wife’s net worth was in the negative … with liabilities exceeding assets.
“The husband prays the court to award to the husband the majority of the assets.”
Bob’s attorney didn’t return a call for comment, while Jodi’s, Maurice Kutner, simply said the allegation about her negative worth “is just not true.”
As a couple, the Dickinsons have donated time and money to several charities and have hosted countless fundraisers. Bob is the chairman of the board of the Camillus House. Jodi is involved with several animal rights nonprofits.