According to the Washington Times, upwards of 24,000 couples in the U.S. petitioned for an annulment. However, not many of those cases resulted in the end of a judicial candidacy.
Attorney Benjamin Symko has suspended his campaign for a recently created seat on the Kent County Circuit Court.
The person who now receives that job will be responsible for handling divorces as a family court judge.
Symko himself is in the midst of a difficult divorce that has involved events ranging from police calls to personal protection orders, and even accusations of mental illness.
The 38-year-old was previously named one of the 10 Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. Now, however, he is being treated at a Betty Ford drug treatment facility.
Despite a criminal record as a juvenile, Symko overcame his past and rose to graduate from Cooley Law School and pursue a career as an attorney.
Over the years, he attained numerous honors, including that of rising star in Michigan among the so-called “Super Lawyers.”
However, Symko relapsed back into addiction this past summer, even going to far as to overdose and nearly kill himself.
“My family is going through a painful time right now, and I remain focused on our needs, particularly those of our children,” Symko said in a statement released by his attorney.
Symko’s divorce has been expensive, but not in the way that most divorces are.
In fact, Grindr creator Zhou Yahui is going through a divorce of his own; one that’s costing him approximately $1.14 billion.
According to a statement from his company, the Chinese mogul will have to transfer nearly 300 million shares to his wife, Li Qiong.
The pair’s apparent split is yet another example of the financial toll divorce can take on people.
After the equity transfer, Mr. Zhou will still hold on to 388 million shares, retaining a 35% majority stake in the company.
However, Symko’s situation has cost him health and a major career opportunity.
Despite the situation, Symko’s opponent has shown sympathy for him, as well as for his family.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Ben, his wife and particularly their two young children, at this difficult time. I respect Ben for choosing to devote his full attention to his family and on getting the help he needs right now,” said family court referee Deborah McNabb.