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Wife of Jewish Millionaire: Am I A Widow Or An Abandoned Wife ?

The wife of missing  millionaire Guma Aguiar, who vanished  after steering his motorboat  through Port Everglades on a night-time cruise six  months ago, tells how she is struggling through the holidays with their four  children.

‘It’s a very difficult time,’ said Jamie  Aguiar, 33, of Rio Vista  Isles, Florida. ‘I try and count our blessings every single day and try and think of what I’m  grateful for.’

Police are still unsure whether Mrs Aguiar is  now a widow or an abandoned wife who will have to continue fighting his legal  battles without him since it takes five years to be legally declared dead in  Florida.

Her blessings include the couple’s daughter  and three sons, ages 15 months to 7 years, she said.

Family: Jamie and Guma Aguiar pictured with three of their children at a Hapoel Jerusalem basketball game in March 2012

Ms. Aguiar said she is ‘thankful that they  have their health. We have food on the table. I just keep reminding myself of  that.’

Despite her husband’s absence, the family has  continued their holiday routines, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

‘We do both Christmas and Hanukkah, just as I  always have,’ she told the local newspaper.

‘We have a Christmas tree and I celebrate  with the children and light the menorah, too. It’s a really special tradition  this time of year.’

Her 35-year-old Brazilian-born husband  disappeared on June 19.

The family’s legal battles include  lawsuits  with an uncle over profits from a company sale as well as  lawsuits against Mr  Aguiar’s siblings and mother over the ownership of  real estate in  Israel.

The  couple’s $5 million dollar mansion,  Lazzara yacht and the motorboat that washed ashore without Mr Aguiar have been  put on the market and all  remain unsold.

During the  couple’s often tumultuous  marriage, Mr Aguiar was committed to a  hospital for mental health-related  reasons, sued his wife for divorce  and later withdrew that petition.

He was on probation for domestic violence  when he disappeared.

Mrs Aguiar last April sought a judge’s  opinion on whether their prenuptial agreement was fraudulent.

For now she is focusing on giving her kids a  good holiday season, and  keeping those blessings in mind, according to the  Sentinel.

‘I have to do that multiple times each day,  when things aren’t looking so good. That’s how I get through the day,’ she  said.

Last month, lawyers for Jamie Aguiar implied  that they believe her husband may still be alive and well – and hiding out in  the Netherlands.

They are speculating that Mr Aguiar could  have faked his own death to avoid losing his $100 million fortune.

An attorney for the man’s wife has told  reporters that the missing man’s sister intends to move to the Netherlands,  raising suspicion that she could be planning to rejoin her brother, who could  have relocated to Europe.

Willliam Scherer, an attorney for Jamie  Aguiar, told  WPLG-TV that they believe Aguiar’s  sister, Angelika, plans to move to the Netherlands or could already be living  there.

A close business associate of Aguiar also  resides in the Netherlands, the lawyer added.

The multi-millionaire had reportedly argued  with his wife, when she is said to have threatened him with a divorce, hours  before he disappeared.

A lawyer for Guma Aguiar’s mother Ellen said  the wealthy philanthropist was in low spirits when he went out on his boat that  fateful Tuesday in June, after receiving the blow from Jamie.

Mr Aguiar, a father of four, had filed for  divorce last July but did not go through with it.

The 35-year-old man had spoken with his  mother, Ellen Aguiar, an hour before he got on to his 31-foot boat, the T.T.  Zion, and sailed off on June 19.

In addition to battling with her son’s wife  for control of his estimated $100 million fortune, Aguiar’s mother hopes that  her son may still be alive.

In a petition filed to a Florida court to  seize his fortune, Ellen Aguiar stated that her son ‘may be in a delusional  state or be suffering from psychosis or otherwise may have  disappeared.’

His mother, Ellen Aguiar, alleged that her  son’s $100 million estate would be squandered by his wife.

His home in Fort Lauderdale is valued at $5  million, he has seven cars valued at $1.1million, and a yacht that is valued at  $2.1million, according to Mrs Aguiar’s petition.

Source: The Daily Mail

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