Recently we shared some horror stories about divorce cases, which were actually funny and silly. These stories were submitted by divorce lawyers to a popular website in response to a request for such stories.
That list was popular and funny. So here is another set of stories from the same source. Again, I have to say that these are generally good people at their worst, not bad people. And again, for the record, none of these stories are from our firm.
- The couple that filed mutual restraining orders for unspecified “violence” against each other. The applications were very vague on details. When the matter came to a hearing, it turned out the alleged violence was spitting. It seems the couple had a heated argument. Each accused the other of hitting them with small flecks of spittle which escaped their mouths while yelling at each other. The Judge promptly dismissed both restraining orders, probably angry that such a claim belittles something as drop dead serious as domestic violence.
- The man who asked the court to reduce his child support obligation after he was fired from his public school job for a very public and very scandalous act I won’t detail here. The other side argued he should not get a reduction because his change in employment was “in bad faith.” The Judge agreed.
- The woman who was convinced her husband implanted micro robots in her brain to control her. She supplied her lawyer with articles on nanotechnology to convince them it was possible. She had no evidence, of course, but it was possible you see. The lawyer did not use that in court, which probably saved her having another story about being disbarred.
And again, 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.