In February 2010, Don Price, the longtime senior advisor to Benny Hinn Ministries confirmed reports in the news that Suzanne had filed a petition of divorce in Orange County Superior Court on February 1, 2010. The couple had been separated since January 26, but the papers were filed about a week later.Don issued a statement saying, “Pastor Benny Hinn and his immediate family were shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice.Continuing, she added that her church staff split in the middle with some turning on the Whites and going to the media.She maintained that the articles written based on allegations from former church staff were "mostly, totally unfounded" and "lies." The Whites were accused of being all about money and fame.At the writing of that letter, Pastor Benny and his children didn’t know why she did it.Pastor Benny maintained that there was no immorality in his life or Suzanne’s.
Two reasons that Benny Hinn set out for his estrangement and divorce from his wife, Suzanne was that he had become too involved in his ministry work and had not paid enough attention to his wife and family, and the second reason he gave was of Suzanne’s dependency on prescription drugs and anti-depressants for nearly fifteen years and her erratic behavior that ensued, as a result. According to Benny, her filing for divorce was a call for help and it also made him realize the importance of his wife and family.
Just two years earlier in 2002, White had written in her journal: "I'm living heaven on earth. But how do I praise Him when my days turn into weeks and my weeks turn into months and my months turn into years and my years turn into decades? "How do I praise Him under that continual pressure?
Life cannot get any better.""I'm above the struggle and beneath the radar. That kind of pressure wears you out."Listing the numerous trials she went through, White said she experienced a midlife meltdown, compassion fatigue, her friend being falsely accused and sent to prison, a stroke, addiction to the prescription medication she was given following her stroke, and problems in her marriage.
After the divorce came through, Suzanne checked into the Betty Ford Clinic, in 2010 for chemical dependency problems.
She came out free of her dependency issues, after nearly three and a half months of therapy.
Though Suzanne was under great stress, neither Pastor Benny, their children nor her parents expected this to happen – divorce was the furthest thing on everyone’s minds.