By Ryan Velez
People has confirmed that Aisha Tyler’s divorce from Jeffrey Tietjens has been finalized, and with the divorce comes a hefty sum of spousal support to Tyler’s former husband. Tietjens wed Tyler, 46, on May 21, 1994, and separated Jan. 10, 2015, according to previous documents. Tietjens filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years in April of last year, citing irreconcilable differences.
“In order to equalize the foregoing division of the parties’ community property, [Tyler] shall pay [Tietjens] $500,000 in cash,” the documents state. Tyler will also pay Tietjens $31,250 for 48 months, which totals $1.5 million over the next four years.
“Commencing January 5, 2017, and continuing each month thereafter until the death of either party, petitioner’s remarriage, January 5, 2021 (for 48 months and 48 payments with the last payment made on December 5, 2010), or further order of Court, whichever occurs first, [Tyler] shall pay [Tietjens] the amount of $31,250 per month as spousal support, payable in full on the fifth day of each month,” the documents state.
Tyler will still get to hold on to some of her most important assets, like her companies BTDO Media and Hot Machine, as well as her 2013 Tesla S. Tietjens will keep the 2012 Lexus 450h, according to the documents. The couple will split a large majority of everything else, including the earnings from the sale of their former family residence.
One major difference between this and other similar divorces is that it’s an agreement between the two spouses versus a court order. “This was not a court-ordered settlement, as reported, but a mutual agreement reached amicably by two people who intend to remain lifelong friends. I wish nothing but happiness and fulfillment for Jeff in his life going forward,” Tyler said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “He is not a public figure, and I pray the media will allow him the privacy and respect he is entitled to and very much deserves.”
This isn’t unheard of. In fact, spouses of all levels can choose to skip out on court fees and headaches when dividing assets if they choose to go through divorce mediation. This is when a third party sits with the couple and their lawyers to help guide them through the process of many important divorce decisions.