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Danny Shelton's Guam Divorce Petition

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"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder" (Mat. 19:6).

In an effort to get a divorce as quickly as possible, 3ABN president Danny Shelton filed in Guam.

  • Both he and his ex-wife Linda signed the required paperwork in West Frankfort, Illinois, on Monday, June 14.
  • Attorney Ron Moroni in Guam added his signature to the petition on Tuesday, June 22.
  • Judge Steven S. Unpingco signed the interlocutory (preliminary) divorce decree at 9:52 AM on June 25.
  • Judge Unpingco signed the final divorce decree just 3 minutes later at 9:55 AM.

So if you're looking for the quickest possible way out of your marriage, Guam might be worth considering.

"Whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery" (Mat. 5:32).

When Danny filed for divorce, did he file on grounds of fornication? No, he did not. His petition below says, "Petitioner is seeking this dissolution on the grounds of irreconcilable differences." Thus, according to Danny, the real problem was that they just couldn't possibly get along together anymore.

"Whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery" (Mat. 5:32).

How was it that Danny and Linda's divorce could have been final just just three days after Attorney Ron Moroni signed the petition, and just three minutes after the judge signed the interlocutory decree? According to the petition, Danny asked that the time for granting the divorce be shortened because "there is no possibility of reconciliation."

Why then did he repeatedly suggest to Linda in his correspondence after the divorce that they might be able to reconcile?

For example, in the July 17, 2004, email in which Danny admitted not having any evidence that Linda had committed fornication, he also said, "Linda, it's still not too late for you to turn your life around and begin restoration of the marriage with the only man who really loves you ..." ("Linda, I Still Don't Have Proof of Fornication"). If it wasn't too late on July 17, why did Danny sign a document on June 14 saying that it absolutely, positively was too late?

"Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery" (Mat. 19:9).

One other question that might be asked concerns Danny's attesting under penalty of perjury that the "verified petition for dissolution of marriage ... is true and just." As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, how was he able to say that divorcing one's wife on grounds other than fornication is just?

And how was he able to attest under penalty of perjury on June 14 that the petition was true when it said that it was impossible to reconcile, when just 33 days later he said it definitely wasn't too late to reconcile?

Seems like it would be better if one of the most powerful ministries within Adventism was headed by a man who knew better what he wanted, or wasn't so confused, or ... well, something like that.

"Whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery" (Mat. 19:9).

Tarpley & Moroni, LLP
A Law Firm including a Professional Corporation
Bank of Hawaii Building
134 West Soledad Avenue, Suite 402
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Telephone: (671) 472-1539
Fax: (671) 472-4526

Attorney for Petitioner


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DOMESTIC CASE NO.   DM 0923-04  



This action is brought by DANNY LEE SHELTON, Petitioner, age 53, whose Social Security Number is 000-00-0000.


The Respondent in this action is LINDA SUE SHELTON, age 46, whose Social Security Number 000-00-0000.


SERVICE OF PROCESS. The Respondent has agreed to file a Waiver of Service of process in this cause and, therefore, no service of process is necessary at this time.


JURISDICTION. The Court has proper jurisdiction to hear this cause. Jurisdiction of this action is vested with

this Court pursuant to 7 GCA §4101 and 19 GCA §8318 and §8319. The Respondent has agreed to file an Appearance in this cause and to consent to the jurisdiction of this Court and to the dissolution of the marriage. Said waiver and consent has been properly notarized pursuant to the statutes and filed contemporaneously with this petition.


MARRIAGE. The Petitioner and Respondent were married on the 25th day of November, 1984, in West Frankfort, Illinois, and lived together as husband and Wife for approximately 19 years and 5 months. The parties separated on May 8, 2004.


CHILDREN. There are no minor children born to the marriage. Respondent is not now pregnant.


GROUNDS. Petitioner is seeking this dissolution on the grounds of irreconcilable differences between the parties making their further living together as husband and wife intolerable such that the marriage should be dissolved.


COMMUNITY PROPERTY / DEBTS: There is no community property or debts of the parties located in Guam and the court is not asked to assume jurisdiction over or make any orders regarding distribution of the marital assets or debts.



Danny Lee Shelton v. Linda Sue Shelton
(Uncontested Divorce)

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WAIVER. This proceeding is uncontested. The parties are only seeking termination of their marital status. The court is not requested to assume jurisdiction over issues of community property or debts. The Petitioner hereby waives any rights to findings of fact and conclusions of law, a record of testimony, motion for a new trial, notice of entry of final judgment or decree, and the right to appeal.


SHORTENED TIME. Petitioner asserts that there is cause to shorten time for the entry of the final decree of dissolution in that the parties are separated and there is no possibility of reconciliation.

The Petitioner respectfully requests and prays:


That a Dissolution of Marriage be granted by the Court dissolving and terminating forever the marriage between the parties.


That the Court awards the parties such further relief as may be just and equitable.


That the Court finds there is cause to shorten time for the entry of the Final Decree of Dissolution pursuant 19 GCA §8322.

Dated this 22  day of June          , 2004.


Danny Lee Shelton v. Linda Sue Shelton
(Uncontested Divorce)

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By:     [Signed]   Ron Moroni      
Ron Moroni,
Attorney for Petitioner

I, DANNY LEE SHELTON, hereby declares under penalty of perjury under the laws of Guam, that I am the Petitioner in the above-encaptioned matter, have read the foregoing VERIFIED PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE, know the contents thereof, and that the same is true and just.

Executed in West Frankfort, Illinois, USA, this   14   day of    June       , 2004.


  [signed]   Danny Lee Shelton    
Danny Lee Shelton

) ss:

On this   14th   day of June            , 2004, before me a Notary Public in and for  3ABN         , personally appeared DANNY LEE SHELTON, known to me and/or has proven to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing VERIFIED PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE, and acknowledged to me that he voluntarily executed the same.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I nave hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal the day and year first above written.


  [signed]   LYNDA E. WELCH    
Notary Public

Danny Lee Shelton v. Linda Sue Shelton
(Uncontested Divorce)

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