U.S. Representative Grayson’s divorce takes a new turn

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Divorce on Friday, May 2, 2014.

While some divorces are simple and easy, other divorces can sometimes get nasty. This is especially true when the people getting divorced try to show the worst side of the other person in an effort to back their position in the divorce. The divorce of U.S. Rep Alan Grayson has included accusations of domestic violence that were unfounded based on video of the alleged incident. Now, the representative from Florida is claiming his wife committed bigamy by marrying him when she was already married to someone else.

The representative recently filed a 27-page document that claims his wife didn’t get a divorce her first husband until 1990. Rep. Grayson married the woman in 1990. Copies of the marriage license for the congressman and the woman, as well as the divorce filing from Broward County for the woman and her first husband were attached to the document.

Based on the allegations of bigamy, fraud and misrepresentation, the Representative is asking for an annulment of his marriage to the woman. Additionally, he is seeking most of their assets, their home and custody of their four children.

It is important for anyone who has already been married to make sure the divorce from that marriage is properly handled prior to getting married again. Failing to do so can lead to accusations like the representative has made against his wife as part of their divorce proceedings.

In any divorce, it is important to make sure that you get a divorce settlement that leaves you on the best footing possible. Understanding the laws and the possible petitions you can file might help you to secure the settlement you need.

Source: Palm Beach Post, “Florida congressman accuses wife of bigamy in court filings” No author given, Apr. 30, 2014