Just in time for Halloween, we have some “horror stories” from lawyers about cases they were involved in. On a popular website, there was a recent request for divorce lawyers to tell their most outrageous stories of divorce and child custody cases.
The fact is, divorce is an emotionally wrenching experience for the people involved. It can change a person’s normal personality. As divorce lawyers will tell you, they sometimes see good people at their worst.
With that said, sometimes the antics of the participants crosses the line into the silly and bizarre. Here are some of my favorite stories from this source. For the record, none of these are from our firm.
- The case which had devolved into a real battle over property. The parties had gotten excessively nit-picky about the value of certain assets. One of the parties decided to inventory all of the individual food items in the house. They listed every item on their marital property statement. Things like “Campbell’s condensed tomato soup – $0.59” were included.
- The man who wanted the divorce decree to include a provision that his sons were prohibited from watching NASCAR, because his wife’s new boyfriend was a big NASCAR fan.
- The lawyer who told the story of how easy her first divorce case was, because it was her client’s fifth (yes, 5th) divorce! The very experienced client knew exactly what to do, was exceedingly well prepared, and even taught the new lawyer a few things about questions to ask during a divorce trial.
We have to point out, that these sorts of cases are the exception – not the rule. Most of our clients are very rational and reasonable people just trying to make it through one of the toughest times in their lives. Most do not do things like this.