We often discuss high-asset divorces on this blog because they can be extremely contentious. The large amount of assets in these divorces often plays a large role in the complications that arise. Let's take, for example, the case of U.S. Representative Alan Grayson, who represents Florida's 9th district.
The congressman is reportedly in the midst of a messy divorce with his wife of 24 years. The two have seemingly been throwing accusations back and forth, which is not unheard of in divorce. Unfortunately for the congressman, as is the case for many people in the public eye, he also faces public scrutiny as he goes through his divorce.
The current issue at hand is the couple's marital home. The man's estranged wife claims he hasn't paid for repairs on their Orlando home, leaving the home with a leaking roof, a mold problem and broken windows. The divorce filing says the wife has been a stay-at-home mother and does not have the financial means to fix the home by herself.
Grayson's lawyer claims the congressman spends more than $10,000 monthly for utilities, child support, household expenses, and the home's mortgage. The lawyer said, "If she is a poor housekeeper, that's her issue, not his."
Beyond these financial issues, there have been reports of physical abuse from both sides and also an accusation of bigamy. Earlier this year Grayson said his wife never divorced her first husband before she married him, making the marriage void. A hearing is set for November to discuss the matter.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Florida Congressman's Messy Divorce Gets Messier," Mike Schneider, Oct. 16, 2014