No, not mine.
My parents are getting a divorce after 20 years. And apparently it’s not enough for my dad to simply leave, he must make life as difficult as possible for my mom.
I gathered the following details from my mom tonight, and as she talked, I got the gut feeling that something was wrong. I’ll give you the gist of what she told me.
[li]That he didn’t want her to hire an attorney because it would “cost too much”. He would talk to a paralegal for both of them[/li][li]He would not pay her alimony because she already has a job. She makes 26,000/yr, he makes 56,000/yr (if that’s relevent)[/li][li]She MUST sell the house. She does not have a choice in the matter[/li][li]He’s going to file for joint custody, even though, truth be told, he is NOT a good father. [/li][li]He moved out this weekend, but he will not give her any money for this months house payment. The problem is, all the consumer debt is tied up in the house payment. Therefore, mom will be responsible for basically ALL the bills, including his (expensive) truck[/li][/ul]
I told her she must retain a lawyer, no matter what he says. She cannot protect herself in the proceedings, and get the divorce settlement she deserves if she does not. But she’s still unsure, so I told her that I would do some research on it tonight, and send her an email tomorrow with some advice.
IANAL, so I thought I’d come here first to see what you brilliant and wise people can tell me. I’m also doing an internet search in the mean time.
Thanks in advance.