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Divorce of two lobbyists turns ugly

Couples in Texas who are recently separated should keep in mind that even if their divorce proceedings start amicably, there is no guarantee that tensions will not rise as time goes on. Such was the case for two lobbyist art collectors in Washington D.C., who initially seemed to indicate that they would split peacefully. Now, one year later, the husband has alleged in filing papers that his wife has been unfairly interfering with his life in an attempt to gain leverage in the divorce matters.

The lobbyist also claims that his wife deceived him, leading him to believe that she may be willing to repair their marriage after they separated. After the man gave his wife some financial assistance in purchasing a new home, he learned that his ex was already seeing someone new. The filing papers also state that the wife improperly tried to impede her husband's ability to donate works of art to prominent museums via a letter writing campaign to the art spaces. The wife has also taken control of the couple's shared apartment in Venice, Italy, changing the locks to prevent her husband's entry.

The woman herself is quite successful as a lobbyist in the nation's capital, bringing in millions of dollars in income each year. The husband says that he was instrumental in augmenting his wife's earning capacity, passing on his strategies for success and introducing her to important people in the business. The woman was earning approximately $55,000 annually prior to the marriage.

Individuals may be entitled to a fraction of their spouses' future earnings if it can be shown that they supported or helped their spouses while they improved their earning capacity. People who think that they may be entitled to more property in a divorce proceeding than what a judge may be inclined to allow may want to speak with a family law attorney.

Source: The Washington Post, "Tony Podesta divorce filing: wife Heather Podesta tried to ‘embarrass and harass’", Emily Heil, April 03, 2014

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