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Former delegate imprisoned in New Jersey going through divorce

Anyone that has been touched by divorce knows the process can be messy. Recently, the wife of former delegate Phil Hamilton filed for divorce. Mr. Hamilton is currently serving time in a New Jersey federal prison.

Mrs. Hamilton filed based on the fact that her husband has been convicted of a felony and will be incarcerated for over a year. She has asked for a lump sum payment as well as an unspecified amount of spousal support; however, Mr. Hamilton has filed a counterclaim for 'willful desertion and abandonment.' He is also asking for an unspecified amount of spousal support as well as payment for attorney's fees. The couple married in 2002 and do not have any children as a result of the marriage.

Mr. Hamilton was convicted in 2011 on extortion and bribery charges. He was convicted of pushing $1 million of the state's money into Old Dominion University's new training center. By doing so, he received a job as a part-time director that came with a $40,000 a year paycheck. As a result, he received a sentence of 9.5 years in prison of which he has served approximately 20 months.

Any New Jersey resident facing a divorce could benefit from having an understanding of the appropriate laws. As in this case where one party is incarcerated, it could bring a whole new set of challenges that can be made easier by knowing the law. At this point, it will be up to the court to determine which party should receive spousal support and how the couple's assets should be divided.

Source: Virginia Gazette, "Wife of former delegate Phil Hamilton files for divorce," Amanda Kerr, May 21, 2013

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