Sonja Morgan and J.A. Morgan were married for nine years and had one daughter. Then she gets served with divorce papers and never sees another dime from him.
Divorce finalized in 2008
It is a valid question given that the couple’s divorce was finalized in 2008, which is pretty much a lifetime ago. But Sonja Morgan has shown up in news junkets in the last year and this year, because of her bankruptcy and because her ageing ex-husband is still owing her $3 Million in divorce settlement money as well as $300,000 in alimony. One can only hope that he’s at least paying child support.
The couple met in the mid-90s at a restaurant Sonja was working at. And even though they never much spoke and John was apparently a bad tipper, they somehow caught up a while after she was fired from her job whilst skiing in Aspen.
John asked Sonja out to dinner and proposed to her that same night.
Apparently that’s what multi-millionaires in their sixties do, who also happen to be descendants of U.S. presidents (John Adams and John Quincy Adams in his case) as well as J.P. Morgan (yes, the J.P. Morgan). Sonja obviously said yes, because she liked him and she had ambitions.
They were married and had daughter Quincy together (there’s clearly a pattern in the choice of names here). And for all Sonja knew they were happy.
In 2006 then she was served with divorce papers. It’s not clear if those came totally out of the blue, but apparently she hadn’t quite expected that turn of events. She later found out that John Adams Morgan had cheated on her with her best friend. Yikes.
There was a prenup as well as a post-nup and in 2008 Sonja was awarded $3 Million in a divorce settlement as well as alimony and presumably child support. Property was also involved, because selling some of it as well as handing over the deeds for one of them enabled her to pay out her bankruptcy deal.
In 2010 Sonja joined The Real Housewives of New York and it was there that we learned about her money woes. Apparently a movie deal had gone wrong back around the same time she was divorcing and now the film company sued her, because she was in breach of contract.
Eventually she had to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy and made deals with her creditors to pay of all debts, which involved liquidating many of her assets. At that time it became public knowledge that her ex-husband had still not paid her the divorce settlement money and owed $300,000 in alimony.
Now that her own debts are settled, it would surely be nice to have the debts her ex-husband owes her to be settled as well, but it seems J.A. Morgan wants to sit this one out.
He’s in his eighties now and lives on his own little island. He apparently said that he’s destitute and unable to pay, but his net worth has been estimated at $100 Million. Some seem to believe that he’s simply waiting out his own death to avoid settling this particular debt.
It’s even been reported that a law firm dropped him as a client, because he failed to make payments to them, even though he was said to be financially able to pay.
Looks like he’s a real piece of work.
For better or worse Sonja has moved on and has last been seen canoodling with Adrienne Maloof’s ex-husband Paul Nassif, whom she has apparently always liked.