Amid reports that he already has a new girlfriend, San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan finalized his divorce to wife Amy during a private home visit by a judge at the athlete's lawyer's offices on Nov. 19.
District Judge David A. Canales granted the divorce and told the San Antonio Express-News he held the hearing during his lunch hour at the offices of lawyer Sue Hall, at her request. The former couple and their lawyers were present.
Several court experts said the home visit was highly unusual and not something normally afforded to members of the general public.
"I would say it's highly unusual, but I think it would be highly disruptive for them to come to court," said attorney Jean Brown, who practices family law.
Canales told the publication it was not out of the ordinary for a judge to hold an on-the-record hearing off-site, though it was the first time he has been asked to do it. The judge said the former couple felt uncomfortable going to court because of the possibility of paparazzi taking pictures of them.
"I don't see it as doing a special favor for the sake of a favor," Canales said. "These folks were involved in a very private matter. It was mainly for privacy."
Details of the divorce settlement were not reported.
Tim and Amy began dating while attending Wake Forest University and were married July 21, 2001. The couple have a daughter and a son. Amy initiated the divorce proceedings March 27. Tim Duncan responded with a counter-petition.
Duncan, 37, reportedly has a new girlfriend already. He is rumored to be dating. Former reality television star and media personality Vanessa Macias, according to sports blog Black Sports Online. The 33-year-old was recently spotted courtside at one of Duncan's games wearing a Spurs tank top.
Duncan's alleged new girlfriend starred on the 20th cycle of The Amazing Race in 2012, competing with former boyfriend Ralph Kelley and finishing in fourth place. She now works in broadcasting, Player Wives reported.
Macias co-hosted a morning radio show for KCYY in San Antonio, Texas, and currently works as a stadium announcer for the San Antonio Missions minor league baseball team and the San Antonio Scorpions soccer team.