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Inside Judge Judy's Home with Husband Whom She Married Twice Where She Spends Time with Her 13 Grandkids

Olawale Ogunjimi
Feb 12, 2022
06:20 A.M.
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Judge Judy, who has been married thrice, started on the wrong foot with her husband Jerry Sheindlin but eventually hit it off until they encountered another bumpy ride in the course of their relationship.

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The American TV personality and producer Judge Judy met her husband, Jerry Shiendlin, at a bar in 1976 in what seemed a confrontational situation.

Jerry, who was then a defense lawyer, spoke to the New York Post about his recent murder case, which he had just finished trying when Judy walked in.

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The latter came into the bar, pointing a finger into Jerry's face, and asked who he was talking to. Jerry replied that she should take her finger out of his face, and this was how these two found love in the most unlikely places and situations. 

They became inseparable after this chance meeting. At the time, Judy was divorced with two children, while Jerry was separated from his wife, whom he had kids with for about three or four years.

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After a year of dating, Judy tells Jerry, who had not divorced his wife, that he should do that or else she would not have anything to do with him anymore. She said in her words:

"After we were together for about a year, I said, 'I want to see your divorce in the newspaper or don't bother calling again.'"

The Emmy award-winning actress and co-author of the book "What Makes A Marriage Last" was previously married to Ronald Levy for 12 years, and they had two children.

Jerry Sheindlin and Judy Sheindlin at 46th Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon on May 1, 2000 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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The Judge said getting married to Levy felt like the right thing to do at that phase of her life, and most people her age were tying the knot.

Levy was a young, loving partner, and he seemed just perfect for her. The right time, the right guy, so why not? Judy got married to Levy, and all seemed to be going well.

Soon after, she started having children, and the sole responsibility of catering to them fell on her. It seemed the proper thing to do was shelve her career until further notice, cater to the children, and support her husband.

Inside Judge Judy's Home. | Source: youtube.com/Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty

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Levy was a fellow prosecutor, and Judy said the crack in their relationship was that he did not take her career seriously. 

She believed he "objectified" her career and did not think much of it. Judy disagreed with Levy and disliked how he treated her career, and eventually, they got divorced in 1976 after 13 years of wedlock.

GETTING MARRIED AND DIVORCED AGAIN

Inside Judge Judy's Home. | Source: youtube.com/Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty

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Following the marriage of Judy to Jerry, the TV personality lost her father in 1990. Judy was devastated and grieved and told her husband to take care of her during this period.

Jerry, a retired supreme court justice, needed Judy to be explicit and asked what she meant by taking care of her and how she wanted him to care for her.

She made it clear that she did not want to know how he would pull it off, but he must, and she threatened him with divorce papers.

Judges Jerry and Judy Sheindlin at Merv Griffin's Coconut Club for a special performance by Polly Bergen, prior to her opening on Broadway in "Follies," January 13, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA. | Source: Getty Images

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Jerry pulled the trump card and surprised her when he filed for a divorce the next day, and that was the end of their first marriage. Judy describing the divorce said:

"I missed Jerry. I like to have someone to fuss over. I like to be mated. It's natural for me. I learned the hard way that sometimes what you think makes you happy won't."

The couple soon became lovelorn when they realized they could not live apart from one another and had made a big mistake.

Jerry Sheindlin and Judy Sheindlin at Ladies' Home Journal "One Smart Lady Award" on February 23, 2000 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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This was one of the longest they had ever been apart, and it stung like a bee to be away from someone you love so much and their pride being in the way.

After a year, Jerry called to reconnect and tried to patch things up over dinner with Judy, who was being cooperative. They agreed that they had made a mistake the past year and tried to give love another try and chance.

Inside Judge Judy's Home. | Source: youtube.com/Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty

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They got married one day again when he picked her off from work and proposed that they marry as he was not comfortable being with her and not married to her.

In no less than 24 hours, with all protocol waived and few close people around, they got married again.

JUDGE JUDY IS A FAMILY WOMAN

Inside Judge Judy's Home. | Source: youtube.com/Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty

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Apart from her career as a TV personality, Judy has her hands full as a family woman. Between herself and Jerry, they have five children. Two are from her previous marriage, and three are her stepchildren.

Jamie, born in 1966, and her brother Adam in 1968, are her children from her first husband, Levy. Nicole, Gregory, and Jonathan are her stepchildren from Jerry's former marriage. Judy must be a proud mum as three of her children follow her law career paths.

Judy Sheindlin, Jerry Sheindlin and family at Ladies' Home Journal "One Smart Lady Award" on February 23, 2000 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Adam is a lawyer and was a district attorney in Putnam county. Nicole and Gregory are also lawyers and based in their different states.

Jonathan branched out into the sciences and is an ophthalmologist who works outside the Bronx. They are a joyful couple and take life in their strides. They like to joke about a lot of things, including themselves.

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Once Judy commented that she had awards everywhere in the house except the bedroom because she feels that's a place no one should be awarded anything.

Jerry remarked that she gave him an award in the bedroom the night before. This shows that the couple is comfortable with one another and will not pass over a good laugh.

JUDGE JUDY'S COURT (HOME)

Judge Judy Sheindlin and husband Jerry Sheindlin are seen on October 14, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Judy, the TV magistrate, and family woman, recently purchased a home in Newport, Rhode Island, with her husband.

The house costs $9million and is ranked as one of the highest prices for a home in the US. Its asking price was estimated at $10.9 million.

Inside Judge Judy's Home. | Source: youtube.com/Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty

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With the state-of-the-art amenities, the couple would have an excellent time nesting in their new home, called "Bird House" by its original owner Dorrance Hamilton, for the love of birds.

Originally built in 2012, the house is a 9,719 square foot building that sits majestically on a 3.67 acre of land. The house boasts six bedrooms, six full and two half bathrooms.

Inside Judge Judy's Home. | Source: youtube.com/Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty

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It caters to cold hard days with its floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, geothermal heating, cooling system, and heated floors.

It also has elevators, panoramic coastline views from the bedroom, lush gardens, a lake and tall trees, and a breathtaking interior — all that reminds you of home.

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The strict hard-faced Judge in court is a different personality when in the company of her grandkids. Judy is blessed with 13 grandkids from her five children.

She claims she tries not to spoil them, but it's unintentional or unconscious when she does. But, lucky for her and Jerry, the children help keep a balance.

For the love of children, she wrote a book, "Win Or Lose By How You Choose," to help children and parents cope with all that family and raising children entails.

The accomplished Judge Judy has made a name for herself in the annals of history and is also a proud mother and grandmother, and we can't help but remark at such a turn of events in her love story.

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