The year 2017 holds different significance for different persons but for the likes of Jeff Tietjens, he will likely remember it as the year that his divorce from popular actress, comedian, talk show host, and entrepreneur – Aisha Tyler, was finalized. Tietjens and Tyler began a relationship during their college days and wed upon graduation in 1992. What later followed was some tough times as they both worked to succeed professionally, him as a lawyer and she as a Hollywood personality.
The couple helped each other achieve their respective ambitions and lived very quality lives for a good period of time. They truly had a solid union and were able to make their marriage last for more than two decades. They, unfortunately, called it quits in 2015 and Tietjens has moved on with his life out of the spotlight.
Jeff Tietjens is a Native of Chalfont, Pennsylvania
It is not easy to piece together details about Jeff Tietjens’ early life but some facts have emerged. One of these is that Tietjens was born around the year 1968. He reportedly has Italian-American origins and American nationality. Tietjens grew up in the Pennsylvania town of Chalfont and hails from a family of five. This comprised of his dad – Ronald Christopher Tietjens (late) and his mom – Charlotte Brandt (late).
He also has two older sisters namely Lenore Tietjens-Grillo and Sharon Tietjens. Jeff Tietjens spent his formative years in Chalfont surrounded by a loving family and community. For his high school diploma, he attended LaSalle College. During his time there, he excelled in his studies and was also an outstanding football player, following in the footsteps of his dad who had played football at the college level.
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Jeff Tietjens Met Aisha Tyler During Their College Days and They Got Married in 1992
Jeff Tietjens first met Aisha Tyler during their college days at Dartmouth in the early 90s. Despite their racial differences, they fell in love and started dating without much further ado. The duo dated all throughout college and upon graduation, they tied the knot in May 1992. The ceremony was held in a rose garden in a public park and the couple later settled down to family life in San Francisco. Tietjens and Tyler were quite comfortable during the early years of their marriage.
Things however became difficult for them as he went to law school while Tyler left her corporate job to pursue her passion for comedy. The couple was so poor that they couldn’t even afford the good things of life but they stuck together. They continued to encourage each other and Tietjens was able to qualify as a lawyer in 2000. This made them quite happy and they were further overjoyed after Tyler got her own career breakthrough the following year.
Their Marriage Lasted For 22 Years Before They Separated in 2015
Aisha Tyler’s career breakthrough came in the form of hosting the hilarious E! show, Talk Soup, and Tietjens supported her wholeheartedly. She was able to do a wonderful job and this opened up the door for her to host other TV shows and land acting jobs as well. Her acting credits include movies and TV series such as Babymakers, The Santa Clause 2 and 3, Balls of Fury, Bedtime Stories, Friends, CSI: Crime Scene, Criminal Minds, and Ghost Whisperer. She also authored books, hosted podcasts, and had a successful run as one of the hosts of the talk show, The Talk.
All throughout the time that Aisha Tyler was achieving these exploits, Tietjens was by her side. Her demanding career must have been challenging for their marriage but they made it work thanks to their mindset. The couple came together when they had nothing and so they built everything together. They saw their respective careers as “our careers” and supported each other. They were also kind to each other. The couple additionally did away with the idea of a perfect partner. They rather gave each other room not to be perfect and loved each other anyways. All these helped their marriage to thrive.
The Couple’s Divorce was Finalised in 2017 With Jeff Tietjens Getting a $2 Million Settlement
Jeff Tietjens and Aisha Tyler were able to make their marriage last for 22 years. They did not have any kids together but this was not due to a lack of effort on their part. As Tyler revealed in a 2011 interview, she knew that Tietjens would make a very good dad and so wanted them to have kids. They however had fertility issues and despite the treatments, their chances of conceiving were low. They, therefore, decided to give up rather than have their hopes dashed. The couple continued building their lives together and many assumed that they will go on to last forever.
It was therefore quite shocking when news emerged that Tietjens filed for divorce in April 2016. His divorce filing stated that he and Tyler had been separated since January 2015 and described the grounds for their divorce as irreconcilable differences. Tyler addressed the divorce on her talk show and maintained that it was not a failure but rather a case of two people wanting to go different paths after so many years together. She described Tietjens as an extraordinary person, a wonderful person, and my best friend. She also stated that she wants him to find joy and fulfillment in his next endeavor and vowed to help him achieve that.
The divorce between the couple took a year to tidy up and was finalized in 2017. As per the terms of the divorce, Aisha Tyler paid Jeff Tietjens $31,250 in monthly spousal support for a fixed period of four years. She was also ordered to pay him an additional $500 making for a total of $2 million. The couple also sold their home and split the money. Tietjens additionally got one of their cars (a 2012 Lexus) while Tyler got the other (2013 tesla). She also retained the rights to her companies, BTDO media, and Hot machine.
Jeff Tietjens Attended Loyola Law School and Qualified as an Attorney Back in 2000
For his college degree, Jeff Tietjens attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. This was from 1988 to 1981 and he completed his bachelor’s degree successfully. He also played as an offensive tackle on the school’s football team from his sophomore years to his senior years. Tietjens graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991 and most likely took some time for work and personal affairs. He thereafter enrolled in Loyola Law School and studied to become a lawyer.
He passed his exams successfully and was admitted to the state bar of California in the year 2000. For nearly 20 years, Jeff Tietjens made his living as a corporate attorney working in places such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Records however show that his law license has been voluntarily inactive since 2010. This does not mean that he is idle and doing nothing. It simply means that he has channeled his career efforts towards an area that does not necessarily require him to maintain such a license.
Tietjens is Now Living His Life Out of The Spotlight
It has been five years since the divorce between Jeff Tietjens and Aisha Tyler was finalized and it is hard to tell what the attorney is doing with his life. The possibilities are however endless, given that he got $2 million in the settlement, as well as his experience as an attorney. His ex-wife, on her own part, has moved on. Tyler continues to make waves in her career. She is also in a relationship with actress, Emily Bett Richards. The two have been good friends for some time and in October 2018, Tyler made things Instagram official by posting a picture of them kissing in a booth.