According to The New York Daily News, former New York governor David Paterson’s wife quietly filed for divorce earlier this month.
Paterson’s wife Michelle Paige Paterson, 52, filed divorce papers during the week of January 13, according to the Daily News
The divorce is not surprising; it comes after the couple announced their “mutual and amicable” separation after 19 years in April 2012. Both reportedly admitted to having previous affairs following the 2008 sex scandal of then governor Eliot Spitzer.
Spitzer and his wife Silda also filed for divorce earlier this month. According to the Daily News, it is unclear whether the Patterson divorce will be contested. No lawyers were listed on the public court filing.
The couple has a 20-year-old son, while Michelle has an adult daughter from a previous marriage.
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Although the Patersons may have been separated for a while, and may be seeking an amicable divorce, they will have to work on issues including the division of marital assets, alimony and potential prenuptial agreements.
As our family lawyers represent clients in New Jersey and New York, it should be noted that both states have several different grounds for a divorce. Both states include irreconcilable differences or the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage as a cause for divorce.
In marriages were affairs are admitted, fault does not become a substantial issue when it comes to the distribution of assets, alimony and/or child support. The liability of both parties is based primarily on finances, income and other obligations.
If you suspect that your partner has been unfaithful and you are contemplating a divorce, let our firm arrange your initial consultation. Our family law offices in New York or New Jersey can be reached through our online contact form or at (800) 711-5258.
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