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January 13, 2009


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At Whit's End: Bustin' up the not-so-full house

By Whitney Schulte

December 11, 2008 | How rude! I'm sure that's what Cody Herpin, Jodie Sweetin's soon-to-be ex-husband, is thinking (or what the voices in his head can't stop eerily replaying). Sweeten, who played Stephanie Tanner on the show Full House, just filed for her second divorce.

The two had only been married for 16 months. The details in the divorce papers say their house was in foreclosure, their water has been shut off twice, and all their utilities are overdue. Where did all that Full House money go?

After years of methamphetamine addiction, Sweetin called Herpin the "blessing who helped turn around my life." The two even had a daughter together in April. In what seems to be the trend among celeb (ex) husbands, Herpin says he was "dumbfounded" about the split.

"Over this past month something has been different. I'm concerned about our daughter and I just want her home." According to the divorce papers, Sweetin seeks joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Zoie. Herpin is seeking full custody and spousal support.

Sweetin's agent, Stella Alex, says, "Jodie's got a huge support system in her family and friends and she thinks this is what's best for her." Herpin also tells People magazine that Sweetin and her daughter have been staying with Sweetin's parents. To Herpin, divorce is something that isn't taken lightly. "It's rough," he says. "It's supposed to be forever."

However, if Sweetin has anything to do with it, Herpin isn't going to have the last word. She claims Herpin has been out of work for months since they got married. "He kept finding one excuse after another for his failure to even attempt to find employment," she says. She says the couple was kept afloat financially with Full House residuals. Oh, so that's where it went!

In the divorce filings, Sweetin describes an incident when she first told her husband she was going to file for divorce and move back in with her parents. She says, "He told me I could not take Zoie with me. He said he would call the police and report that she was abducted by me and seek sole custody. He grabbed Zoie from the floor where she was playing . . . but put Zoie down and later went for a walk."

Sweetin then took the baby and their dog and left. Herpin, somewhat expectedly, calls this story ridiculous.

Well, for those of you who thought the middle child drama would stop after the Full House days, you were wrong! A hearing and mediation session for the case has been scheduled for Feb. 9.


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