When a couple decides to part ways it can be a painful and often complicated experience. It can be even more difficult if the couple is in the public eye or has a high asset valuation. Orlando readers may be interested to know that a local congressman and his wife will be splitting up.
The divorce petition was filed in Orlando on Jan. 6. The reason the congressman’s wife cited was that the marriage was “irretrievably broken.” It was not known whether the couple had been separated before the wife filed for divorce.
The couple has been married for 23 years. They are the parents of five children between the ages of 18 and 8. They are requesting privacy as they go through “a very difficult transition for everyone involved.”
The congressman is currently in his second term. His first term was abruptly ended when he was defeated in 2008. However, after a new district was created, he won back a congressional seat. Financially, the congressman suffered a serious setback when it was discovered that he had been defrauded of $18 million in an investment deal.
No other information was available regarding the petition filing, so it is unknown how much in spousal and child support the congressman’s wife will be seeking. The couple will also have to find a way to equitably divide their assets and create a visitation and custody agreement for the younger children. For anyone who is experiencing the stressful process of a divorce, seeking the counsel of an experienced legal professional can make the proceedings smoother and ensure the separation is as painless as possible and fair for everyone involved.
Source: Reuters, “Florida congressman’s wife seeks divorce” Barbara Liston, Jan. 07, 2014