John Schneider Finally Ends “Bitter Battle” With Ex-Wife

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An international television star in the 1980s, this “Good Ol Boy” seems to have found himself in a bit of a pickle while trying to dissolve his marriage with his now-ex-wife Elvira.

John Schneider has been through a really tough divorce over the last half of a decade – but it finally has come to a head and he’s been able to confirm that it is done.

Schneider, who is best known for his role on Dukes Of Hazzard opposite Tom Wopat, has also lead a career in country music and film production/direction that has kept him busy. In addition to all that, he was one of the “stars” on Dancing With The Stars’ 27th season – which aired last year.

Also last year, John Schneider was sentenced to spend three days in county jail after refusing to pay temporary spousal support to Elvira – something he said he could not afford.

“It’s common sense versus entitlement. I’ve worked seven days a week, 80 hours a week, at least since 1978,” he said at the time. “I have, as every working person has, a mountain of debt that was attached to my dream. And there’s a group now that somehow feels they’re entitled to life or even luxury without work and the judicial system apparently agrees with that.”

Then, just a few weeks ago, a judge ruled hard against Schneider and ordered him to pay up in a multitude of ways.

In the judge’s ruling, obtained by TMZ, he says that Schneider sold a property in Louisiana without splitting the cash with Elvira. Additionally, he withdrew all funds from one of their IRA accounts.

Because of this, the judge has awarded Elvira the sole ownership of a property in California valued at $600,000, an IRA worth $60,000, and ordered John to pay her $279,000 in legal fees along with $25,000 per month in spousal support. Oh, and she gets a cut from his Screen Actors Guild pension plan.

Now, Schneider has released a statement addressing the current status of his divorce from Elvira – and it seems that he has finally resolved all of the lingering issues.

“On the morning of our nation’s tragic anniversary, I am pleased to announce that after nearly five years, this bitter and unnecessary battle is finally really over,” Schneider said in a statement. “So proud to call Louisiana my home!”

Watch his full interview with the Today Show Australia below. 

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