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Jesse Jackson Jr.'s wife expected to seek alimony in divorce

Some Massachusetts readers may be aware that Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife of 14 years are divorcing. The couple have made recent headlines in a battle over which jurisdiction should hear their case. Sandi Jackson is expected to seek alimony, and child support will also be a likely factor in the divorce, as the couple have children still living under the care of their mother.

The couple have been in the spotlight before. Jesse Jackson Jr. is a former congressman, and his wife is a former alderman. Both were the subjects of an investigation into mishandling of campaign funds that were intended to help Jackson in his bid for Congress. They both chose to enter a guilty plea -- Jesse Jackson Jr. in response to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit false statements, and Sandi Jackson to filing a false tax return.

Both served time in prison as a result. While incarcerated, Sandi Jackson was served with divorce papers. Now, the couple are fighting over whether their case should be heard in Illinois, where they worked as public servants, or in Washington, D.C., where they have a home and where their children go to school.

As this case continues, Massachusetts readers may learn more about the once-powerful political couple. As part of a recent filing, Jesse Jackson Jr. asserts that his wife committed certain deeds that should dictate where the divorce case is heard. There is no word on how much Sandi Jackson expects to receive in child support and alimony or on the health of the couple's current financial situation.

Source: chicago.suntimes.com, "Jackson Jr.'s lawyer: Wife committed 'acts' to spur divorce", Tina Sfondeles, Jan. 4, 2017

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