Wife of former U.S. Attorney seeks divorce in Madison County

By Ann Maher | Apr 24, 2018

The wife of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has petitioned for divorce in Madison County Circuit Court citing irreconcilable differences.

Kathleen Wigginton, 55, who identifies herself as a homemaker, has asked that her husband of 27 years be ordered to pay maintenance on a temporary and permanent basis.

"The Petitioner lacks sufficient income to provide for herself both on a temporary and permanent basis, and the Respondent is well able to pay such sums as the Court finds to be reasonable and just for such purposes," states the petition filed April 10.

She also seeks exclusive possession of their Troy residence pending the resolution of the case.


"The mental well-being of Petitioner will be jeopardized by occupancy of the marital residence by both spouses pending the final resolution of this matter," the petition states.

Kathleen Wigginton seeks payment of her legal fees and a just distribution of marital property. She is represented by Heather Wescoat Dabler of Wilson, Dabler & Associates in Belleville.

The petition lists two properties in Troy and one in Fort Meyers, Fla. as marital real estate. Property listed includes five vehicles, household furniture and funishings, checking, savings, investment and retirement accounts, and clothing and jewelry.

Stephen Wigginton, 54, served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois from 2010 to 2015.

From there, he spent two years with the Armstrong Teasdale firm of St. Louis. Last year, he left Armstrong Teasdale and joined Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton.

He left Simmons Hanly Conroy in February. Last month, he opened an office at 7110 West Main St. in Belleville.

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