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Divorce court after man for concealing assets and fleeing country

Many of those living in Utah that have experienced it for themselves may agree that divorce is generally an unpleasant affair. Under the best of circumstances, divorce mediation is productive and speedy. Other times, however, a major dispute can ensue. And sometimes the conflict is so serious that divorcing parties will attempt to avoid complying with the terms of their divorce agreement. A recent case illustrates just how far some people are willing to go to invade authorities and get out of paying spousal support.

The high-profile divorce dispute is playing out in Illinois, and involves a major figure in the region’s financial sector. Upon filing for divorce, the defendant’s wife apparently addressed the court over concerns she had about her husband potentially leaving the country and hiding assets in overseas accounts. The court did not immediately respond to the wife's concerns until, however, it became apparent that she was right. Now authorities are unable to locate the husband and he allegedly owes millions of dollars in spousal support.

The husband allegedly transferred more than $12 million into a foreign bank account only days before a divorce court judge ruled that all funds were to remain in the state. The judge involved in the case also accuses the husband of failing to pay taxes on such money. An arrest warrant has been issued for the husband in an effort to force him to pay almost $300,000 in back spousal support payments to his wife. In all, he owes almost $20 million.

The wife claims that throughout their marriage she was primarily responsible for raising the couple’s children and managing their households. It’s rumored that the husband is now living somewhere in Europe.


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