DADE CITY - Pasco Commission Chairman Ted Schrader is divorcing his wife of 35 years, and it could get costly.
Schrader, 57, filed divorce papers April 30 - less than two months after his estranged wife, Julia Ashbrook Schrader, had him arrested for domestic battery. He spent the night of Feb. 3 in the Pasco County Jail, but prosecutors dismissed the charge a few weeks later.
A four-term county commissioner, Schrader receives about $84,000 a year in salary from the county. He listed his net worth as $4.4 million in 2012, when he last ran for reelection.
Schrader has asked the judge to award him the marital home, a 2,358-square-foot house on 14 acres just west of San Antonio. The house, which is valued at about $350,000, is sandwiched between his mother's house and his twin-brother's house on Pasco Road and adjacent to hundreds of acres of agricultural land owned by the Schrader family.
Schrader did not comment on the divorce, saying only that it was a personal matter.
In his divorce filing, Schrader asked the judge to intervene because the couple cannot agree on a time line to replace the roof. He also asked the judge to issue an injunction prohibiting his wife from withdrawing funds from their joint bank accounts after she allegedly withdrew $80,000 without his knowledge.
Julia Schrader counter sued on June 14 and asked for permanent exclusive use and possession of the marital home and for alimony.
"Wife is unable to provide for herself financially on a temporary and a permanent basis without a contribution from Husband," according to the counter-claim. "Wife is in need of periodic and lump sum alimony, including temporary, rehabilitative, durational and permanent alimony..."
She also asked for an equal distribution of all marital property, which includes the home, a rental property in the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, two commercial properties on Main Street in San Antonio and undeveloped land.
In her filing, Julia Schrader said she could not even afford to pay for her own divorce lawyer and asked the judge to order her husband to pay all of her legal fees.
Ted Schrader filed a motion asking the judge to appoint an expert to conduct a full vocational evaluation of his wife, who he described as "a well-educated, employable individual" with a master's degree in architecture from the University of South Florida.
The Schraders have three grown children.