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 a former Redditor:
My uncle represented this guy getting a divorce from his wife of 15 years. Super toxic breakup and they split everything 50/50, even the land that the house they lived in sat upon. Well she decides to build a house right behind the other house, mind you this was a lot of land probably 200 yards separating both home sites, so that the back of the houses faced each other. The house gets built and my uncle gets a call from his client asking about the legality of a situation he had gotten himself into.
Apparently his ex wife would spend a lot of time in her backyard, so he saw her all the time. What he did was buy a female dog and name it the same name as his ex-wife. Anytime he would let his dog back in from letting her out he would yell "Susan you b*tch! Get in here!" He would also yell if she was peeing on the flowers, "Susan you b*tch! Quit p*ssing on the flowers!" or "Susan you b*tch! Quit digging in the dirt!"
The ex-wife called the cops on him a couple of times, but there was nothing they could do because the dog was registered under the name of Susan.
From a former Redditor:
The couple separated 10 years ago but didn't officially divorce until a couple years ago. She was going to get his house so he burned it down then faxed her the transfer of ownership forms. He might be going to jail for arson though.
From Redditor /u/Tchaikovsky08:
Worked at a law firm that was subpoenaed as part of a divorce between a partner at the firm and a partner at another major law firm.
The woman issued more than 70 subpoenas to banks, firms, investment companies - you name it - because she was convinced he had squirreled away $20+ million overseas behind her back. It got so bad that she dug up receipts from 25 years ago to try to put together this grand conspiracy puzzle.
In the end, after she racked up $1.5 million in legal fees and 7 different lawyers, the judge said this sh*t is ridiculous --= there was no conspiracy, and you are not entitled to a portion of this phantom $20 million.
Mind you: this was a major law firm partner who was acting this way. She made millions per year in her career. But she apparently lost her mind.
From Redditor /u/JournalofFailure:
I'm a family lawyer. Years ago I had a case where the other party did a statement of property which itemized all the food in the cupboards at the time of separation.