LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Televangelist Juanita Bynum and husband Thomas W. Weeks ended their marriage in divorce court Friday, several months after an altercation in a hotel parking lot landed Weeks in jail on charges he choked and beat his wife.
The couple exchanged few words and barely glanced each other's way during a hearing that ended their six-year marriage. Bynum signed a settlement agreement last week offered by Weeks, and the proceeding before a judge in suburban Atlanta lasted less than an hour.
Bynum filed for divorce in September, a month after the quarrel in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel. Weeks ultimately pleaded guilty to assaulting her and is serving three years' probation.
A 14-page document said neither party will receive alimony and Bynum will pay $40,000 of Weeks' legal fees. The decision also restored Juanita Bynum's maiden name as her legal one, though she never used Weeks' last name while they were married.
Bynum left the courthouse smiling.
"I said from the beginning of this situation that this, too, shall pass, and it just did," she said.
Weeks also appeared in high spirits.
"It feels like a new day," he said outside court, adding he still has a "special love" for Bynum.
Bynum and Weeks married in a lavish ceremony in 2002. They have written books and lectured together on love and relationships.
Bynum leads a ministry that also includes a gospel record label and seminar tours. She has sold thousands of motivational books, CDs and DVDs related to empowerment and relationships. Weeks, known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, co-wrote "Teach Me How to Love: The Beginnings" with Bynum.