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Many Florida spouses settle their divorce outside of court

Many couples choose to negotiate the details of their divorce through their attorneys, outside of a court of law. That is often a far better path for Florida spouses, as it can reduce the time and expense of a divorce, and also keep their private matters out of public display. High profile couple Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson recently settled their divorce, but only after years of highly visible strife. 

It appears that both sides wanted to have allegations of adultery play a large role in their divorce. Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to subpoena a former police superintendent who is currently running for mayor. While that effort never got far off the ground, it did get plenty of headlines. Sandi Jackson tried to subpoena multiple individuals, including her husband's one-time travel companion and the owners of a strip club and bathhouse. Those efforts were also unsuccessful. 

This is not the first time the couple has made headlines. Both served time in prison related to misuse of Jackson Jr.'s campaign funds. It's unclear what led them to finally resolve the details of their divorce outside of court, and no information has been made public about the final agreement. 

For Florida spouses facing a similarly contentious divorce, it's worth the time and effort to consider the benefits of reaching a settlement. Negotiating a mutually agreeable resolution outside of court can make the divorce process less stressful. It can also lead to lower legal bills for some couples, as compared to a highly litigated divorce. 

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Jesse Jackson Jr., Sandi Jackson reach settlement in contentious divorce case", Patrick M. O'Connell, April 13, 2018

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