Matt Lauer’s House in the Hamptons is clearly Marital Property But Wife Annette Could Win it Outright if the Couple Divorce
Matt Lauer’s house in the Hamptons, Long Island, is a gorgeous piece of real estate but the disgraced NBC Today Show Host who is having marital problems now that he has been fired from NBC after several women at the network accused the long term anchor of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, could lose all claims to the house if his wife gets her way in a divorce.
Indeed, while no divorce filing has been announced, everybody is speculating that maybe he and his wife Annette are going to get divorced, especially given the fact that they have had heavy marriage problems in the past that prompted a divorce filing in 2006 – which was later withdrawn by Annette presumably after Matt promised he would change for the better.
The thing is that while Matt Lauer was busy working on the Today Show five days per week in NYC, his wife Annette Roque was living full time in their home in the Hamptons, specifically in North Haven not far from Sag Harbor. The house is massive with about 12 bedrooms and sits on more than six acres of land, in front of a private beach.
The house is valued at more than $35 million dollars. Obviously, Matt is worth a lot more than that and his Dutch-born wife Annette had a few dollars of her own from her modeling days so there will be a lot more to divide between them than just the house.
The thing about Matt Lauer’s house in the Hamptons is that he really has not spent half the time there as his wife has. She purposely opted to live out there full time and left Matt to his own devices in Manhattan and it seems that he really got up to a lot of mischiefs, which means that this gamble on Annette Roque’s part did not pan out.
Then again, maybe she really loved the house and calculated that if the marriage went down the tubes, the way she gets to keep it is she had to live there full time with the kids while Matt stayed in the city.
The thing about the marital residence, generally speaking, is that a lot of times the wife, who wins custody at least 80 percent of the time, wants to keep the house so that the children can have continuity and they can grow up in the house they are accustomed to. The courts often agree to this but sometimes the wife only gets to keep the house till the children turn eighteen years of age. This would give Annette at least another decade in the house as she has three children, and the last could be at least a decade away from his eighteenth birthday.