A-Rod's Wife Files Divorce Papers


Jul. 7 2008, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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A-Rod's wife has filed divorce papers that claim he has "emotionally abandoned" her and their two children.

Cynthia Rodriguez doesn't mention Madonna by name in the legal documents.

But in the papers submitted to a Miami court, Cynthia says that she's tried everything to save their marriage but that she can't take his "extra marital affairs" any longer.

And now the relationship's over Cynthia, who has been married to the Yankees third-baseman since November 2002, wants their mansion in Coral Gables, Florida, along with everything in it, plus her super-expensive Mayback car.

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She also demands a share of everything that he's made since they've been married -- which would likely include a cut of the record-breaking $275million contract he signed last year -- plus enough alimony to keep the children in the same "lavish lifestyle" that they are used to.

Cynthia says that she wants Alex to share the parental responsibility for Natasha, 3, and newborn Ella -- but that it's in the kids' best interests for them to live with her permanently.

She also wants him to pay for health insurance, pay off "certain debts" that they have together and spring for part of the legal fees she racks up during the divorce proceedings.

The papers, filed in Miami today, read: "This is an action for dissolution of marriage, which is being filed only after the Petitioner has exhausted every effort to salvage the marriage of the parties.

"However, Alex has emotionally abandoned his wife and children and has left her with no choice but to divorce him."

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"The marriage of the parties is irretrievably broken because of the husband's extra marital affairs and other marital conduct," they add.

As , the slugger has been getting close to Madonna -- also rumored to be having problems in her marriage -- recently.

Today the one of Cynthia's lawyers, Maurice Kutner, told the New York Post, that the alledged affair with the Material Girl has been the "last straw".

"It's caused her tremendous stress, and she's doing the best she can to deal with it,"said the lawyer.

Madonna, also said to have been coaching A-Rod on the Kabbalah, has denied the tryst.

"I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez," she said in a statement. "I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study."

It has long been rumored in the NYC sports media that A-Rod has an eye for exotic dancers and only a little over a year ago, photographs of Alex out on the town with a Toronto stripper caused his wife to briefly vacate their Manhattan home.


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