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Battle over alimony reignites due to campaign contributions

There is no doubt that the end of a marriage can often be contentious. While relatively rare, animosity can lead to continued conflict for years after an Illinois divorce. In fact, a woman in another state is now seeking a higher amount of alimony after she claims that her ex-husband apparently experienced a change in circumstances.

The couple filed for divorce in 2008; five years later, their divorce was granted. During their marriage, the man reportedly made $250,000 each year while the woman stayed at home. However, he reportedly offered her $5,400 each month and a $50,000 cash payment, which she declined. The man was ultimately ordered to pay her $1,500 each month in spousal support, but she had to pay him $500 a month in child support. He also owed her $87,000 in alimony payments that he failed to pay during divorce proceedings, but the judge did not create a plan for repayment.

Unfortunately, the court battle between the former couple has now resumed. Reports indicate that the man announced his intention for the Florida House of Representatives, running on a platform of alimony reform. However, his wife claims that he donated $79,500 to his campaign while she she was forced to live in a small place at a friend's house because she was unable to afford a place of her own.

Soon after his announcement, she reopened the case. He claims that he was able to make the donation as a result of a single bonus from a specific client with whom he worked. Though he offered to pay her $150,000 in cash to settle the case, she declined, requesting repayment in addition to interest. She is also asking for $2,906 in alimony, claiming that this is what the court originally determined he should pay, but he was only able to pay $1,500.

Not all divorces prove to be contentious. Often, couples in Illinois and across the country are able to peacefully resolve their financial issues, including alimony without an ongoing legal battle. Most people want an attorney on their side who can guide them throughout the divorce processing, including representing them in court if litigation becomes necessary.

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