The end of a marriage, though typically in the best interests of all parties involved, can come with some difficulties. This could be especially true when Illinois couples and others across the country are unable to agree on many elements of a settlement. For example. Rage Against the Machine musician Bradley Wilk and his estranged wife reportedly are experiencing conflict on many aspects of their divorce, including child custody, spousal support, property division and even the date of their separation.
The couple married in 2005. Wilk’s estranged wife, Selene Vigil-Wilk, claims in recent court papers that she initially filed for divorce in 2013 when she discovered that Wilk had an affair. However, she argues that the couple reconciled and came to an agreement that she would stay home and raise the children while he toured. Unfortunately, she claims things changed when he began having an affair with another musician on tour. His contradicts her claims, however, arguing that the two never reconciled after the 2013 divorce filing, meaning they have been separated for six years.
Vigil-Wilk is seeking primary physical custody of their two children in addition to over $30,000 in alimony and approximately $17,800 in child custody a month. She argues that Wilk earned $2.2 million in 2017. Wilk is asking for joint physical custody of the children and that spousal support be denied. He is further asking the court to affirm that his royalties from Rage Against the Machine are not marital property, and, as such, Vigil-Wilk is not entitled to a portion of them.
Unfortunately, divorce cases involving contentious property division and other aspects can be complicated, especially in cases when royalties are involved. Those in such situations likely want an attorney with experience in family law to ensure that their interests are accurately represented to the court if they are unable to come to an agreement on their own. Such a professional can provide someone going through a divorce in Illinois much-needed advocacy and support throughout the process.