A divorce decree is expected to be issued tomorrow morning for Greg Meyers, president of the Houston ISD school board and his wife Sandie Meyers, a Houston Community College trustee, after more than 20 years of marriage.
"It's an unfortunate situation," Greg Meyers said when reached at his office today.
The couple has two sons ages 16 and 10. Sandie Meyers will retain primary custody with standard expanded visitation rights for her husband.
Greg Meyers filed for divorce on May 17 saying the marriage was "unsupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities." His wife then filed a counter claim on May 22 also saying the marriage was insupportable and alleging that her husband was "guilty of cruel treatment toward" her.
Greg Meyer's attorney, Jan Cohen, said the cruelty application didn't have any special meaning, and "You can allege whatever you like but that doesn't mean it really happened."
And she stressed that the final agreement to dissolve the marriage was based upon the "insupportability" clause -- the standard reason given in most divorce petitions these days. She said it was an amicable divorce.
Meyers agreed with his attorney that in the end, the divorce was amicable. He also denied that there was any cruelty involved and said he had no idea why his wife included that wording in her petition.
Filing for divorce "was the hardest decision I ever had to make, especially with kids involved," he said. The couple went to mediation and it did not take long to sort things out, he said.
In 2008, Greg Meyers, a Republican and Boy Scout leader, ran unsuccessfully against incumbent state representative Hubert Vo, a Democrat. Asked if he intends to run for higher office again, Meyers said he has no plans to now, but "you never know what the future may bring."
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Hair Balls also tried to reach Sandie Meyers through her attorney Ellen Yarrell, who declined to speak about the case other than to say the decree hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.
According to the agreement, Greg Meyers will pay $1,400 in child support and $1,000 a month in alimony to Sandie for one year. Sandie Meyers, whose formal name is Sandra Mullins Meyers, petitioned the court to have her name changed to Sandie Mullins.
Among the court papers are orders for a lone deposition -- which Greg Meyers unsuccessfully tried to have quashed -- of a female employee of HISD. Asked if he'd had an affair with this woman, Meyers said he had not; that they had worked together on district business, but that other board members had worked with her as well. (Hair Balls was unsuccessful in reaching this woman or her attorney.)
Asked why his wife wanted this woman deposed, Meyers said he thought it was because his wife or his wife's attorney "thought there was more to something than there really was." He added that if there had really been something to it, "there would be a worse claim for a divorce and not just insupportability."