Some of these blows are the lowest you've ever heard
Though the divorce may fall in the coming decades with people deciding to get married later in life rather than earlier like the couples of previous decades, it seems as though half of marriages nowadays end in divorce. Divorces are common, but they’re still extremely emotionally taxing and painful for people to do. It can tear children away from loving parents and drain the funds from deserving people. These stories will make you think twice before you get married or before you decide to end your marriage now.
Everything But the Kitchen Sink
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 s**t is ridiculous — there was no conspiracy, and you are not entitled to a portion of this phantom $20 million. (Tchaikovsky08)
Keep the Car
So throughout the divorce proceedings, there was a car that was a huge point of contention between the husband and wife. After months and months of saying he would never let the wife have the car, the husband concedes in exchange for something great, like one of their summer houses. It turns out he had been driving the car for 3 hours everyday in a big loop around the city, putting thousands and thousands of miles on it basically making it worthless. The amount of planning and spite that went into that was amazing. (flintlock519)
Over here in the Netherlands most legal costs are paid for by the government if your income is below a certain threshold. In practice this means that if one of the spouses in a divorce has little to no income and the other one has a normal income, the one with the normal income will have to pay a lot if the process drags on.
Considering there are plenty of ways to drag it on I’ve seen cases approach ridiculous amounts of billable hours. There is a catch to this however. Your lawyer is paid a set amount if he/she is paid by the government. However, should the money you receive after a divorce exceed a certain number, you are expected to pay your own lawyer.
So this one woman who thought she was screwing over her ex husband by dragging the divorce over multiple years got a payout of €40k by the end of it. Unfortunately for her she had to surrender most of that straight back in lawyer costs. There was a certain sense of justice in there. (EndtotheLurkmaster)