Ben and Julianna Zobrist file for divorce in separate courts after 14 years of marriage

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CHICAGO -- Cubs utilityman Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna Zobrist, have each filed for divorce in separate states, according to court records.

Ben Zobrist filed for legal separation Monday in Williamson County, Tenn., where the couple keep an offseason home in a Nashville suburb.

Julianna Zobrist filed in Cook County, also on Monday.

Julianna Zobrist, a 34-year-old Christian singer, did not provide a reason for seeking a divorce in her petition.

According to, Ben Zobrist's filing contends that his wife "has been guilty of inappropriate marital conduct which render further cohabitation impossible," though the article didn't elaborate.

"Husband is unsure if the marriage can be salvaged," the filing says, also according to the Tennessean.

Julianna, whose maiden name is Gilmore, has hired Berger Schatz attorney Karen Krehbiel, who represented Chicago billionaire hedge fund CEO Kenneth Griffin in his split with Anne Dias Griffin in 2014.

The Cubs granted Ben Zobrist, 37, a leave of absence a week ago.


Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he has been texting with Zobrist during his time on the restricted list while the infielder deals with a "family matter," the Tribune's Mark Gonzales reported Tuesday.

Ben Zobrist also missed some time during spring training. The Cubs said at the time he was attending to a personal matter.

Ben and Julianna were married Dec. 17, 2005, in Iowa City, Iowa. They have three children.

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