Friday, a Texas court ruled against Cynthia Sinatra’s long-standing case to be acknowledged as Frank Sinatra Jr.’s common-law wife. The court, instead, ruled in favor of Frank Sintra Jr.’s estate.
Cynthia Sinatra has argued that, despite only being married for two and a half years and divorcing early in 2000, the couple’s continued relationship entitled her to common-law marriage with Frank Sinatra Jr.
When speaking of the divorce, she has stated, “We never stopped loving each other, and I really can’t imagine what led up to that one moment.”
This case has been going on for many years, with Frank Sinatra Jr. appealing a second divorce case from an informal marriage as ruled by a judge in 2014, until his death at age 72 in 2016. Later, his estate continued this appeal.
Last year, the appeal finally stuck and the award for Cynthia Sinatra was overturned by the Corpus Christi-based 13th Court of Appeals. They ruled that there wasn’t any evidence that Frank Sinatra Jr. had agreed to continue the marriage after his divorce. Both parties agreeing is part of the stipulations that make up common-law or informal marriage.
This led to Cynthia appealing to the Texas Supreme Court to acknowledge her relationship with Frank Sinatra Jr. as common-law marriage, citing how long he continued to care for her outside alimony payments and their constant interaction when he was not on tour.
Ultimately, though, the Texas Supreme Court denied Cynthia Sinatra’s appeal. It is possible for her lawyers to ask the court to reconsider but given that about 1% of federal civil cases go to court, as opposed to 11.5% in 1962, it is unlikely it will happen or, if it does, if it will change the ruling.