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Husband goes to extreme to get alimony in divorce case

In Ohio and elsewhere, some people will go to great lengths to get what they want out of a divorce, especially when it comes to alimony. Sometimes, however, the acts are particularly shocking. Here's what one man did to get part of his heiress-wife's fortune in alimony payments.

The couple married in 2008 and had twins two years later. By 2014 they decided to divorce and the husband devised a clever way to get part of the $50 million left to his wife by her late father, or so he thought. He paid just $50 for spy software that could be used on her iPhone so he would know everything said between her and anyone in her proximity as well as the content of her texts.

The wife's attorney found the purchase while scrutinizing one of the husband's accounts, and further investigation revealed numerous daily eavesdropping of telephone calls between the wife and her attorney as the divorce strategy was being devised. After discovery of her husband's espionage, she requested the software be confiscated, which prompted him to destroy the evidence he had obtained. The judge ruled the husband's actions were an extreme violation of the ex-wife's privacy and did not award him any of his wife's money. There is a possibility the husband will spend some time in jail for evidence destruction, but he will appeal any ruling against him.

All actions of a couple can be called into account in divorce proceedings. Internet searches will give abundant advice on what to do and what not to do while trying to reach an acceptable amount for alimony, but the best guidance will come from a person's attorney. An Ohio family law attorney can answer the legal questions that come in every divorce and will help prepare the case to ensure an effective presentation in court.

Source:, "Ex-Husband Loses Out On $50 Million Fortune With One Dumb Move", Amy Lamare, Feb. 20, 2018

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