Separating is hard. Many Illinoisans who have gone through divorce can understand the emotional burden that accompanies it. For many, they simply want the process to be over with so they can move on with their life after divorce. This may have been the motivation for one retired multimillionaire who forged a court stamp and judge’s signature in order to receive a religious annulment from his wife.
The forged documents, which were used to receive an annulment of his marriage from his religious organization, made their way back to the authorities who arrested the man on charges of forgery of a fraudulent document. At the time of his annulment, he was still legally married to his wife and remained so until their divorce was finalized in August 2011.
In addition to these legal problems, there may be more on the horizon. It has been reported that the man, contrary to a court order, has yet to turn over nearly $3 million in stocks to his ex-wife.
This situation has some commonalities with many sentiments that a couple in the divorce process can go through. While the desire to resolve the situation could potentially cloud an individual’s judgment, it is important for those going through a divorce to be fair and respectful to one another and to do all they can to comply with the rules of the process. By attempting to work with one another in a mutually respectful manner, it is possible to get through a divorce without having to resort to long drawn out court battles.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Prosecutors: Retired trader forged divorce papers to get annulment,” Michael Sneed, Oct. 20, 2012
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Forged divorce documents cause trouble for multimillionaire