Many Florida residents might have a negative reaction to drawing up a prenuptial agreement. After all, doesn't a prenup seem to indicate that a couple expects their marriage to end in divorce? It might be useful to consider the fact that having a prenup can make going through a divorce more clear-cut in terms of asset distribution -- but in no way does it predict that a couple will split up.
What's true here in Fort Myers is apparently true all over the globe: high asset divorce is never easy, especially not when there's a dispute about exactly how many assets the divorcing parties actually have.
Divorce can be difficult enough without the added scrutiny that comes with working in politics. One Florida state representative has found this out, as his long-fought divorce battle is still not over in the state’s courts. He originally reached an agreement with his wife, but even after a protracted legal battle, the representative has had trouble claiming his portion of the proceeds from a complex real estate sale.
News seems to spread fast along the Gulf Coast – especially when a politician is involved. In Pasco County, for example, a county commissioner is embroiled in a messy divorce complete with criminal domestic battery charges, although those charges were later dropped. According to an article in The Tampa Tribune, this divorce has the potential to get costly. The commissioner's net worth was listed as $4.4 million in 2012, and it likely that the commissioner and his wife also have significant assets, including real estate, business assets, pensions, and property interests.