Aquilinis reach divorce settlement on eve of trial 0
Taliah Aquilini enters the courthouse in Vancouver prior to telling a judge a divorce settlement had been reached between her and Francesco Aquilini.
The owner of the Vancouver Canucks has reached a divorce settlement with his estranged wife, sparing the couple from airing their grievances in open court.
Monday morning, Francesco Aquilini’s legal team and his wife Taliah’s lawyers met briefly in Supreme Court in Vancouver, in a small room jam-packed with media. However, the highly anticipated court drama came to an abrupt end when the couples’ lawyers told the judge a settlement had been reached.
“Obviously it’s better to settle than air the concerns in public,” said Aquilini’s lawyer Karen Shirley-Paterson to reporters outside court. “It’s pretty much finalized; there’s just a few outstanding loose ends.”
Shirley-Paterson said the settlement had been worked on for a while and wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the deal.
The two sides had planned to ask the judge for publication bans on the legal proceedings but Shirley-Paterson said the out-of-court settlement was reached for the sake of the couple’s children.
Aquilini himself did not appear in court Monday.