Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff and Susan Duff are above photographed leaving the Harris County Family Law Center today. The family appeared in court today for the divorce hearing between Susan Duff and Bob Duff.
Susan Duff asked the court that her husband pay her living expenses while the divorce is pending. Susan Duff has not worked since 1988 and has been supported for many years by Hilary and Haylie.
The judge ordered Bob Duff to pay $100,000 in temporary support over five months, beginning in January, in addition to a previously ordered $100,000 for expenses and legal fees (as yet unpaid). A hearing is set for January to examine the prenuptial contract between Bob and Susan Duff.
Stansbury, a retired family court judge from Fort Bend County appointed to hear the case, also ordered Bob Duff to pay $150,000 of his wife’s legal fees by Feb. 1, although he later suspended the order until a hearing set for next month to examine a prenuptial contract between Bob and Susan Duff.
An accountant said that the legal fees for this divorce, which was filed in the summer of 2006, are near $1 million.
Bob Duff, a godson of the late Houston philanthropist Audrey Jones Beck who owns a chain of convenience stores, among other business ventures, wasn’t in court Thursday. After a hearing earlier this month, he acknowledged that the divorce has driven a wedge between him and his daughters.
"When this is over, I’m going to try to tell them my side of it," he said.
Hilary and Haylie are involved as ‘intervenors’ in the case regarding a trust of family land set up for them as children. The sisters are seeking information about a $720,000 loan their father made against this trust. Court documents on the case have been sealed.