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Wife of founder of cancer hospitals in contested divorce

The marriage between Richard Stephenson and his wife Alicia may have seemed like the stuff of fairy tales as they appeared to enjoy the good life and all that money has to offer. However, money can't buy happiness, and now the two parties are in the midst of a contested divorce that has spanned seven years. California residents may not be familiar with these names, but they likely have heard of his work, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

The marriage was formally ended last year, but the couple is still struggling to come to terms with a settlement. The former Mrs. Stephenson has requested a monthly alimony of an estimated $400,000 as she claims she is heavily burdened with debt. She also claims that she does not have a good credit report and she had difficulty obtaining a loan to purchase a vehicle.

Mrs. Stephenson further claims that she has been unable to retrieve a treasured collection since she left the home they had shared. She is not receiving any funds from the trusts that the couple owns. She is also claiming that she is making payments of approximately $16,680 yearly on an insurance policy that benefits other family members, including her ex-husband.

The former wife further asserts that the couple's prenuptial agreement did not stipulate that she seek employment, but she chose to contribute to her husband's business by running a fundraising segment of the hospital network along with various other projects. Mr. Stephenson maintains that he is not currently receiving income from the joint trusts either, but that they will be split once the couple can come to terms.

Mrs. Stephenson asserts that she should be entitled to continue her former standard of living after 18 years of marriage. It is not typical for a contested divorce to last so long, but every situation is different. Families in California who are facing a divorce, may choose to consult with an attorney who can provide guidance and information throughout the process.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Woman seeking $400,000 a month in divorce settlement said she has debts to pay", Amanda Marrazzo, Jan. 12, 2017

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