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Huma Abedin delays divorce, child custody hearing

Few New Jersey readers are unaware of the trials and tribulations that Huma Abedin, close aide of Hillary Clinton, has gone through in recent years. Faced with multiple instances of bad behavior and even illegal acts on the part of her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, Abedin has stood by her husband throughout. Now that Weiner has been charged with and pleaded guilty to sending sexually charged messages to a teenage girl, Abedin seems to have finally had enough. She has filed for divorce, and is gearing up for a child custody battle with her soon-to-be ex.

Abedin has been criticized for her decision to stand by Weiner through so many sexually-based scandals, but she is not an individual who should be viewed as being nothing more than a shamed wife. Abedin has achieved enormous success in her career, and has long been considered one of the closest and most trusted advisors to Hillary Clinton. As she approaches her perhaps long-overdue divorce, she is not likely to make many errors.

For example, Abedin has delayed the initial hearing in the case until several days after Weiner's sentencing hearing. That move will allow her to create a negotiation strategy that takes into account where her husband will reside over the next few years. It is expected that Weiner will be sentenced to several years in federal prison for his sexting crimes. If that is the case, then child custody and financial matters would look far different than if he were permitted to avoid significant jail time.

Abedin is also making wise choices in regard to her personal income. She is rumored to have begun shopping for a book deal to pen her memoir, but is not likely to sign anything until her divorce is made final. New Jersey readers can expect Abedin to continue to make carefully calculated moves as the case proceeds, especially in regard to child custody issues related to the couple's young son.

Source: New York Post, "Huma delays divorce hearing until after Weiner's sentencing", Julia Marsh, June 14, 2017

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