Both family law and criminal law experts across the nation currently have their eyes on Texas as a first-of-its-kind property division case is currently making its way through the state court system. Here, the issue being explored is whether former spouses of exonerated prison inmates are entitled to any portion of the money granted to them by the state as compensation for their wrongful conviction.
According to the facts of the case, the husband and wife -- we'll call them Steven and Traci -- were married back in 1982 and had a child on the way. However, a short time later Steven was charged by law enforcement offices with a multitude of serious sex crimes and eventually given a rather lengthy prison sentence.
While the couple attempted to make things work, with Traci making prison visits, raising the couple's son and exploring ways to get Steven out of prison, the relationship ultimately deteriorated over the next ten years. In 1992, the couple officially called it quits by filing for divorce.