Divorce causes people to act in ways they typically wouldn't, whether that be vindictive or outright immoral. Knowing that, it makes sense why the divorce process is crazy-making: it's regularly listed among the top 10 most stressful life events a person can experience. Naturally, divorce lawyers have pretty wild stories.
From conjuring conspiracy theories to committing arson, people can go to great lengths to enact unsavory forms of revenge against their ex-spouses. Divorce lawyers went to Reddit to share some of the nastiest cases they were involved in, and while some are pretty run-of-the-mill post-divorce meltdowns, others are unsettingly spiteful.
From Redditor /u/PM_ME_TINY_DINOSAURS:
My dad's a lawyer and during one case the husband tried to argue that he was due compensation for the food that was in the pantry because he could not be guaranteed that his ex-wife would use it "purely to feed his children and not his ex-wife's son from her first marriage."
The judge just stared down at him for a good four minutes and didn't say anything. The husband eventually backed down.
From Redditor /u/BCECVE:
A couple fought over an education check for their child. Neither would sign off first for fear the other would cash it and have fun, instead of help the child with her education. The check sat on my desk for two months while lawyers duked it out. The check was for $5,000. I felt so sorry for their child.
From a former Redditor:
Not yet a lawyer (law student), but frozen embryos. Both treasured them at one point as the future children they have the potential to be, already have a child from IVF, but now one wants custody and the other wants them destroyed.
From Redditor /u/LaulauJ2017:
Used to be a secretary for a family law solicitor.
Had this one divorce case where the wife was a teacher of 30+ years and had a very nice pension. In the divorce settlement it was decided somehow that the pension would be considered as a marital asset and the husband was entitled to 40%. He wanted the money right away and so she had to cash in her pension so to speak and had to have a reduced amount. The husband ended up getting around £20,000.00 (approximately $25,000).
He was an alcoholic, wasted the money and drank himself to death within two years of receiving the money.