Donald Trump Jr's wife Vanessa seeks divorce after 12-year marriage

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Donald Trump Jr and his wife Vanessa during an inauguration ceremony for the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, on Jan 20, 2017.
Donald Trump Jr and his wife Vanessa during an inauguration ceremony for the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, on Jan 20, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
Donald Trump Jr and his wife Vanessa attending the second day session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, US, on July 19, 2016.
Donald Trump Jr and his wife Vanessa attending the second day session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, US, on July 19, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Donald Trump Jr (centre) hugs his father Donald Trump as Donald Jr's wife Vanessa (left) walks past after Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, on July 21, 2016.
Donald Trump Jr (centre) hugs his father Donald Trump as Donald Jr's wife Vanessa (left) walks past after Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, on July 21, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
A file photo of Donald Trump Jr with his wife Vanessa at a party following the live telecast of The Apprentice season five finale, on June 5, 2006.
A file photo of Donald Trump Jr with his wife Vanessa at a party following the live telecast of The Apprentice season five finale, on June 5, 2006. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - Vanessa Trump filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr, the US president's eldest child and co-head of the family's real estate business, according to court records.

The pair, who wed in November 2005, were listed as parties in an uncontested matrimonial case late on Thursday (March 15) in New York state court in Manhattan. Documents for the proceeding were blocked from public view online.

Trump Jr and his younger brother, Eric, were put in charge of the Trump Organization before their father took office in January. They have no official roles in the Trump administration but were active in President Donald Trump's campaign and members of the transition team's executive committee.

Trump Jr's lawyer, Alan S. Futerfas, didn't immediately return a call.

Trump Jr, 40, has drawn scrutiny for his sometimes inflammatory tweets and for some of his contacts during the presidential campaign, including a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer, where he hoped to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The New York Post's Page Six reported on Wednesday that the couple's relationship was on the rocks, with sources telling the newspaper that Vanessa Trump was uncomfortable with the scrutiny of the Trump family since her celebrity father-in-law was elected president.

Vanessa Trump, 40, was hospitalised last month after opening an envelope containing a white powdery substance that investigators later determined was corn starch and not hazardous, the New York Times reported.