Divorce and Suicide Lead to Complicated Property Division

A man in Yonkers, New York is fighting to secure property that he believes is rightfully his in an ongoing divorce dispute after his wife committed suicide earlier this year. According to the reports, the wife filed for divorce from her husband of 13 years in September of 2012, citing irreconcilable differences. After filing for divorce, the woman cut her husband out of her retirement account and life-insurance policies, leaving all that money to the couple's two daughters.

The woman killed herself voluntarily after taking a poisonous cocktail. Reports say that she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after her second tour of duty as a naval reservist and was suffering from severe depression at the time. Her two daughters were left with $500,000 to divide amongst themselves. Should something happen to the girls, the money was supposed to go to the woman's boyfriend.

In January, her widower filed a motion in the still-pending divorce. He claimed that his wife had violated the court orders because she moved the money around even though it had been part of their divorce settlement. The Westchester state Supreme Court Justice says that they want to straighten out this concern as soon as possible. In many states, divorce cases end when one party dies, but some states will permit the case to continue for property division matters such as these.

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