03/16/2006 AT 8:10 AM ET
American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth’s estranged husband, actor Joseph D. Reitman, is seeking half of all property and assets the pair accumulated during the five years they lived together before they were married, the Associated Press reports.
Reitman and Elizabeth (full name: Shannon Elizabeth Fadal) began living together in 1997, according to a lawsuit Reitman filed March 15 in Superior Court. Until their marriage on June 15, 2002, the couple agreed to “be equal partners in the acquisition of assets and in financial affairs whether such transactions were separate or joint,” documents say.
Elizabeth filed for divorce last June.
In his suit, Reitman alleges that she secretly transferred assets acquired during the years before their marriage and contends that he deserves half. He also claims to have sacrificed his career to promote hers.
Attorneys for both parties did not return calls to the Associated Press seeking comment.