Parker and Julie Schenecker's 20-year marriage ended Thursday in a Tampa courtroom, less than four months after she was charged with killing their two children.
Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Cheryl K. Thomas granted the divorce during a brief hearing after Julie Schenecker's attorney and Parker Schenecker said that was what both sides wanted.
"From this day forward you are considered divorced," Thomas told Parker Schenecker.
His now ex-wife remains in the county jail's infirmary. Her attorney said she's under suicide watch.
"I find the marriage was irretrievably broken," Thomas said.
But the sticking point in most divorces remains: Who gets what?
Thomas retained jurisdiction over that aspect of the case with the agreement of both sides.
"We are actively talking, attempting to resolve those issues," said Edward Brennan, Julie Schenecker's lawyer.
Parker Schenecker and his attorney, Alexander Caballero, had no comment.
Brennan had asked Thomas for permission to tap into $200,000 of the couple's assets, estimated in court papers to be$2 million. He also asked for $60,500 in temporary attorney's fees and court costs, as well as an inventory of the contents of the couple's Tampa Palms home.
Thomas had been scheduled to hear arguments about those requests today.
Caballero had wanted Julie Schenecker to attend that hearing so he could question her. Brennan objected, saying that forcing his client to appear could endanger her health. He also said Parker Schenecker was trying to pollute potential jurors in the pending murder case.
In the end, Brennan and Caballero told Thomas today's hearing was no longer needed. Both sides said they would return July 6 to update Thomas on negotiations.
Julie Schenecker, 50, is accused of fatally shooting her son Beau, 13, and daughter Calyx, 16. The children's bodies were found at the family's home.
She has pleaded not guilty.
Parker Schenecker is an Army colonel and was overseas at the time of the slayings.
He filed for divorce in February, telling his wife of his intentions during a visit at the county jail, their first meeting after her arrest.
When Thomas asked Parker Schenecker whether his marriage was over, he replied, "Yes." When she asked whether he wanted a divorce, the reply was the same.
Last week, Schenecker filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his wife. Legal experts said it could be a way to recoup assets he might lose in the divorce.
Legal maneuvers in the aftermath of the children's slayings are being played out by six sets of lawyers in three court cases before three judges: family law, civil and criminal.
Brennan said he expects the public defender's office to continue representing Julie Schenecker in the murder case. He said he doubts he can access enough money to allow her to hire a private attorney.