The New York Times published a story about a Mississippi couple who had their marriage destroyed by a $20 million divorce settlement after a legal battle over their divorce.
The settlement, made in 1995, allowed the couple to remarry.
They now face a $225 million judgment for what was supposed to be a one-time lump sum payment.
The Times story was based on court documents that the couple has not filed to contest the settlement.
The documents were not available at the time of publication.
The couple, Bill and Kathy Smith, had argued that they had been married for 10 years, but that the marriage was a sham because the couple had been living together for less than a year.
The Smiths settled for $20.6 million in 1995.
A judge ruled against them in 2007, saying the marriage had been legally consummated, but the settlement did not include a lump sum.
A second settlement in 2014 was more favorable to the Smiths, but it was still not certified and it did not allow for any future payments to the couple.
The judge ordered the Smith’s to pay $18 million in 2015 and the couple will pay $21.5 million.
Kathy Smith said in a statement that the Smith family is not bitter over the settlement and that it was the best decision they ever made.
“It was our way of getting what we wanted and we hope the law helps to get what we want for all the others who have lost marriages in the past,” she said.
The settlement was a landmark for the state. “
Our hearts go out to the families of those who have been impacted by this settlement and will continue to do so in the days to come.”
The settlement was a landmark for the state.
It was also the first settlement of its kind in the country.
The lawsuit started in 1995 when the Smith couples had filed for divorce after being married for more than 10 years.
They said they were separated in 1991 after the Smith couple was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy, which required the couple’s doctor to perform an invasive procedure to remove the brain of the wife.
The medical records showed that the wife was not suffering from epilepsy, and that the husband was a skilled surgeon.
But they said they had not met for more years and were not interested in having children.
A legal battle ensued, with the couple arguing that their marriage was illegitimate because the Smith woman was not mentally healthy.
The case reached the state Supreme Court in 1995 and was argued by the couple on behalf of the state and their two daughters.
The court ruled that the court had jurisdiction to hear the case, but a lower court disagreed, saying that the divorce was legally valid because the woman had a “psychotic disorder” that was not diagnosed.
A subsequent appeal followed, and the case was brought back to the state’s highest court, where the Smith families prevailed.
In December, the court upheld the court’s decision and ordered the settlement be certified and a payment made.
But the Smith case was put on hold after the court ruled against the state, meaning the state had to pay the settlement, pay the family’s attorneys and pay the Smith estate.
It is unclear when the settlement will be certified.
A decision on whether the settlement is certified or paid could come later this year.
Kathy and Bill Smith said they hope the case will lead to other couples receiving similar settlements.
“I am not bitter at all, but this is the most painful and distressing thing I have ever been through,” Kathy Smith told the Times.
“My kids are scared to come out of the house.
I have no hope that the kids will ever be able to go to the same school, have the same friends, have any of the same things that we did.”
A second lawsuit against the Smith home was filed in March 2018 by the family of another woman, who lost her home and all her belongings after her husband died in 2005.
The woman, Jessica Williams, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2017, saying her home was demolished in an arson fire that destroyed her home.
She sued the homeowners association in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the Southern District of Mississippi, claiming she was discriminated against because she was white and had an African American husband.
A trial was held in January, but Williams’ lawsuit was denied because the suit was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.
The jury awarded Williams $16 million, but in October 2017 the court overturned the jury’s award because the plaintiffs failed to prove any “actual prejudice” to Williams.
In a statement to the Times, the Southern Center for Human Rights said the decision was based “on a flawed analysis of the facts of the case.”