The decision to end a marriage is seldom done without careful consideration and often comes with mixed emotions, especially when the relationship has spanned more than two decades. When one lives in the public eye, a divorce filing usually attracts the attention of the media as well as the general population, which may make the process all the more difficult. While the majority of Connecticut families can enjoy privacy when it comes to these life-changing decisions, others may be fair game for public scrutiny.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., recently made the news when he filed to end his marriage of 25 years. He is no stranger to media attention after serving his home state as a government representative, and also for having been convicted of using campaign money for personal use. Both he and his soon-to-be former spouse were found guilty of wrong doing and both served time in a correctional facility. Mr. Jackson received a slightly longer sentence, and the judge permitted the parents to serve their time in a staggered timeframe in order to ensure that their minor children were not deprived of having a parent in the home.
Once the father had served his time, he took over the care of the household while Mrs. Jackson completed her sentence. While she was still incarcerated, the former lawmaker filed to end his marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Mrs.Jackson sought to have the filing dismissed, and the couple are awaiting a hearing on the matter early in the new year.
Living under the pressure of public life along with the added stress of serving time in prison, it may come as no surprise that this couple was unable to overcome these difficult circumstances. In Connecticut and elsewhere, marriages are hard work and sometimes even the best efforts are not enough to prevent a divorce. During these difficult times, it may be beneficial to seek the support of a family law attorney in order to make the transition as stress-free as possible.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Jesse Jackson Jr. files for divorce from wife, Sandi”, Mitchell Armentrout, Dec. 12, 2016