According to the Associated Press, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and his wife have announced that their two-plus-decade marriage is over.
The couple issued a statement last month announcing the split, saying, “We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject.”
As of last week, it was unclear whether Spitzer or his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, had filed for divorce. The couple married in 1987, and stayed together throughout his rise from state attorney general to governor. They have three adult children.
In 2008, Spitzer resigned as governor of New York after admitting that he paid for sex with prostitutes, and left the public spotlight, before returning to the media during the last year and a half in various roles. Silda is a former corporate lawyer, who works in the business world, according to the AP.
Last fall, Spitzer attempted a political comeback but lost in the Democratic primary in his bid to become New York City comptroller. At the time, Silda did not campaign for him.
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As with other high profile divorces, if the Spitzers file for divorce, the couple will have to work on issues including the division of marital assets, alimony and potential prenuptial agreements.
In New York, there are seven grounds for divorce, and in New Jersey, there are 13. Both states include as a ground for divorce either irreconcilable differences or the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Fault is not a substantial issue in divorce as to the financial distribution of assets, alimony and or child support. A bad actor, theoretically should not pay more or receive less than a good actor. The financial liability of the payor is based on the parties’ finances, income and obligations.
Because of this financial fact almost all divorces are granted either on irreconcilable differences or the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Infidelity is a common cause for the breakdown of a marriage. Although sometimes there is not proof of unfaithfulness in many divorce cases, according to the Huffington Post, nearly 47 percent of all divorces in a poll cited unreasonable behavior, like having an affair, as the reason for their divorce.
If you suspect that your partner has been unfaithful and you are contemplating a divorce, speak to our experienced family attorneys who can provide skilled legal guidance at challenging times. Our lawyers have almost four decades of experience in family law negotiations—let our firm arrange your initial consultation.
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KGG’s Corner: A Kansas State University study found that couples who argue over finances early in their relationship are more likely to divorce.