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Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife settle high asset divorce case

Some Massachusetts readers will recall the divorce drama between former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson. The two have made headlines over the past two years as they struggled to come to terms with how to divide their wealth. The couple recently settled their high asset divorce case, but not after spending a great deal of time and resources fighting things out. 

At one point, Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to subpoena a former police superintendent. He asked for the man's emails, phone records and social media history related to communications with Sandi Jackson. That never materialized. 

Sandi Jackson also attempted to subpoena multiple individuals with whom her husband allegedly had affairs. One was a television reporter, others owned a strip club and bathhouse. Those efforts also got very little traction. Many will recall that both parties pleaded guilty to federal charges related to misuse of Jackson Jr.'s campaign funds. Both spent time in prison in relation to that case. 

It's unclear what changed the stance of both parties and led them to reach a settlement in their lengthy high asset divorce case. No details have been released to the public. However, after two years of litigation and public scrutiny, there is no question that both spouses sustained considerable damage to their reputations and wallets. This case illustrates why most wealthy couples are better served by working through their divorce details outside of a court of law. That's not always an option for Massachusetts residents, but it is definitely an approach worth considering. 

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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