Rebecca Farmer's attorney asks judge for divorce trial date, judge orders mediation instead

07/12/2011 10:44 AM

An attorney for Rebecca Farmer pleaded with Franklin County Judge Squire Williams to set a court date for her divorce from Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer today.

Instead, the judge ordered the Farmers to go through mediation, to see if the estranged couple can work out their differences and come to a divorce settlement before he set a trial date.

Mrs. Farmer’s attorney Brian Logan argued that Mr. Farmer, who is running on the ticket of Republican David Williams in the fall governor’s race, was about to hit an extremely busy time in his schedule and Mrs. Farmer wanted to get the divorce settled before that time.

But the judge said he wanted the couple to go through mediation in the next 30 days, and would not set a trial date before then.

The hearing was brief, taking only about five minutes. Neither Mr. or Mrs. Farmer were present for the hearing. Rebecca Farmer filed for divorce in April, just a month before the Republican primary for governor held.

The Williams/Farmer ticket is challenging Gov. Steve Beshear and running mate Jerry Abramson in the November election.

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