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Divorce granted to end 70-year marriage

Many couples choose to use the vows "till death do us part," but many marriages do not survive for the rest of a couple's life. One couple in another state almost managed to remain married until death, but a judge recently granted their divorce. New Jersey couples who are considering a divorce may be interested to understand the reasons behind the couple's end of their 70-year marriage.

The 89-year-old wife filed for divorce in 2016 for numerous reasons. She accused her husband of verbal abuse, hiding assets from her and loving another woman. In addition, the couple shared a real estate empire worth around $500 million, but as long as they were married, it was not shared equally. Had the woman become deceased before the divorce, she would only pass 30 percent of the empire to her children and grandchildren. With a divorce, she would be able to retain 50 percent of the holdings.

Apparently, the 90-year-old husband admitted to hiding some assets but denied other accusations. After his wife filed for a divorce, he apparently hid $2,200 in cash inside of his pillow. The couple shares three children who have lived in and operated many of the couple's businesses, but the husband refused in the trail to recognize his children. He claims that that his children have stolen from him or held his property hostage over the years. His children reportedly supported their mother's divorce because they no longer wanted to remain in business with their father.

The judge presiding over the trail quickly granted the request for a divorce. The couple's elderly age and the complexity of sorting through the couple's financial holdings both played a factor in his quick decision. New Jersey attorneys similarly can assist couples in any stage of life with understanding the best approach to a divorce and can continue to remain a support for any disputes that may arise after a divorce is final.  

Source: palmbeachpost.com, "Judge: Handelsman marriage broken; trial now on property division", Jane Musgrave, Feb. 5, 2018

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