Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist and his ex-wife Karyn finalized their divorce last week — and court documents lay out the marital dissolution agreement.
Karyn filed for the divorce due to “irreconcilable differences” in November. Documents filed in Davidson County Circuit Court reveal that she will receive a $2.1 million lump sum of cash, along with a split of other assets.
The ex-senator will retain the couples’ vacation homes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Nantucket, Mass., while Karyn has the option of occupying the “marital residence” on Bowling Avenue for the next five years. Bill, however, must allow his ex-wife access to the Nantucket home for a quarter of the time over the summer months during the next five years. If he gets remarried, he’ll have to provide her comparable alternative housing at the beach.
The former couple will also split assets from the homes, with Bill gets the mounted buffalo head from the Nashville home, among other personal items from his time in the U.S. Senate. Karyn will receive art and furnishings from the homes — and even the bathroom door from the Nantucket home.
They will also divide up various stocks and investments, but financial details were not disclosed in the filing.
Karyn will also be forced to reapply for a “lady” membership to the Belle Meade Country Club but will receive a recommendation letter from Bill supporting her membership.
Both parties will continue to donate an undisclosed amount of money to Karyn’s Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee fund, and she will have full control over how the charitable funds will be allocated.
The former couple also agreed to keep all business, personal and private affairs confidential.
Karyn still has the option of being buried at the Frist Family Burial Estate at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Bill and Karyn married in Lubbock, Texas, in 1981.
Bill represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. He was the Senate Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007.