Some divorces are civil, some are difficult, and some are a clear example of the very worst of humanity.
In a recent subreddit, lawyers shared stories of people doing their very best to screw with their former significant others. Hiding assets, stealing pets, setting fires, and destroying Magic the Gathering cards are just a few examples of how former marrieds battled it out in court. Here is a small sampling of insane divorce stories that range from bizarre to awful.
Posted by Redditor /u/alex61821:
Worked at an airport. Big, burly guy brings a dog in a crate to the counter, he is clearly misty-eyed. Turns out wife got the dog in the divorce and he has to send it to her and she told him as soon as she gets it, she is putting it down. He asks if he can have some time with the dog before the flight, so they go out in the grass and they both roll around in the grass, dog's tail just waggin' away not knowing anything about his future. The guy puts him back in the crate, drops him off the counter, says thanks... then just walked out head down and just looking crushed.
That was 30 years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday.
Posted by Redditor /u/hecticlorax:
Bad seperation: wife filed a restraining order on the husband (very common, wasn't a terrible guy, but not great either). A year into the divorce his mother was dying. [H]e asked his sister to speak with his ex-wife and ask to bring the kids to see her in the hospital before she died. The wife never did; instead, she went to the court and said he violated the restraining order by trying to contact her (you can't contact someone through another party).
He admitted it and explained the situation, but was found in breach of the order. His mother died while he was locked up, and the wife never brought the kids to see her.
Posted by Redditor /u/Slagathar1:
Divorce lawyer here. Spouse had been out of the house for weeks. She waited until he was on a business trip, came into the house, turned on all of the faucets, plugged the drains, turned off the furnace, and left. It was -10 degrees . He came back five days later. The house was ruined. The water froze and cracked the foundation.
Posted by Redditor /u/JillAustin:
Friend was going through divorce from insane husband. He had been texting her pics of the gun he bought and threatening her. Police were called. Nothing they could do because it was "only a picture."
He was staying with a secret girlfriend at this point. She allowed him to go get his stuff from the house. She was scared to go back in the house alone. I went with her. First red flag was he had changed the locks. So we waited for locksmith to open the house and change the locks again. Well, when the door opens... we noticed all of the furniture was gone.
So we carefully went upstairs in search of her cats. The entire second floor was empty. No cats. No furniture. Even her clothes were gone. Come to find out he hired a moving company to pack and take everything, even the food in the fridge. Finally found the cats. He had taken them to another vet in town and put them up for boarding under his sister's name thinking she would not be able to find them. He was finally forced to disclose what happened to her possessions. He had them taken to a storage unit far away from the home.