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Spouse attempts to wriggle out of high asset divorce

Whenever there is a financial blending of two people's lives, there is the potential for a dispute later on. This tends to be true in cases of divorce in Houston, especially high asset divorce when there is significant wealth to divide between a former couple. In some cases, the end of a marriage may devolve into a dispute involving hiding assets or otherwise evading property division.

Recently, a divorce case out of another state highlighted how far some spouses are apparently willing to go in order to avoid divvying-up assets. The son of the part-owner of the Minnesota Vikings has been in the news lately with regard to his divorce case. In a unique twist, the man claims that he and his wife of over 20 years were never legally married; thus, they don't have to get a divorce nor go through the property division process.

The man's argument is that the law in his state required a couple to have their marriage license prior to actually getting married. The man and his wife applied for their marriage license a couple of days before tying the knot, but didn't receive it until over two weeks later. In essence, the man claims, he and his wife technically were not legally married and therefore the divorce case should be dismissed from the courts. The man's wife has fired back with extensive evidence demonstrating their decades-long married life together, including a card from the husband in which he claims he'd marry her "all over again."

The spouses have three children together and are reported to have a home valued at approximately $2 million. In 2012, the husband apparently earned over $6.5 million, and his father has made a Forbes list of America's richest people in the past. The husband is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Source: Forbes, "How far some men will go to get out of dividing assets in divorce," Jeff Landers,

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