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Chris Lighty's widow disputes that divorce case led to suicide

Many different pressures come to bear on couples when they begin considering the prospect of divorce. Financial concerns, the status of children and the division of property only compound any existing issues that led to the desire to separate. These pressures can become very difficult to bear and may lead people to act irrationally, especially if they don't fully understand their rights and responsibilities during divorce proceedings.

The popular media manager and famous founder of Violator, Chris Lighty, died from apparent suicide outside of his New York home on Aug. 30. Since then, reports have suggested that his marital situation may have contributed to his motivation.

His wife stepped forward this week to dispute that claim, stating that she had retracted the divorce papers two days before Father's Day of this year as a gift to him. She confirmed that Lighty was under a lot of pressure at the time of his apparent suicide, but she stated that she didn't believe that the couple's current marital situation led to her husband's death.

A wide variety of factors lead couples to seek divorce, and the situation itself can be a confusing and complicated process. Couples seeking to address their problems by terminating a marriage should first gain as much knowledge as possible about the laws and regulations regarding divorce and how it pertains to their specific situation. Understanding the rights and obligations each party has when dissolving a marriage allows everyone involved to have a fair say in the process and move on without adding undue stress and misunderstandings.

Source: BET Interactive, "Chris Lighty's Wife: Divorce Not the Cause of Suicide," Reggie Ugwu, Sept. 4, 2012

Source: New York Daily News, "Chris Lighty's wife: No strife on day of hip-hop big's suicide," Vera Chinese and Bill Hutchinson, Sept. 4, 2012

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