While no one ever wants to walk down the aisle envisioning walking down the center of a courtroom to divorce their partner, about 50 percent of all marriages result in a break-up. Some couples are able to navigate their differences and come to an at least somewhat happy arrangement, but others can’t seem to agree on, well, anything. Unlucky for them (but lucky for you!) divorce lawyers have seen everything from wives sleeping with their students to nosy, bossy father-in-laws interfering in a marriage. Keep scrolling for stories that will make you think twice before even uttering the infamous ‘D’ word.

Divorce Lawyers Share Their Craziest Stories

The one where a Bonnie-and-Clyde relationship went sour

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“I represented the doctor husband in a divorce where he fooled his wife more than once. The husband and wife were actually charged in a hundred-something-count indictment because they stole identities of other licensed doctors to submit invoices and information to various companies so they could get reimbursements for supplies that never existed. The husband used his portion of the profits, nearly $2 million, on his girlfriend. His wife found out.” —Todd Spodek, managing partner at Spodek Law Group in New York

The one where the wife didn’t know about the affair

“I once represented a financier, a married man, who had been arrested for drunk driving. I arrive at his criminal court arraignment to find out that he was arrested with his girlfriend, who was giving him fellatio at the time he was driving, and that they had smashed into the side of the highway. Additionally, they had a fair amount of cocaine with them. As soon as I find out the details, I got down on my hands and knees and begged the assistant district attorney to limit the facts of the case that were said in court. I was successful, but ultimately his wife—who was previously unaware of the girlfriend or the cocaine habit—found out.” — Todd Spodek

The one where the ex-wife blamed her ex-husband for bad grades

image“I had a client who was divorced, and remarried, and his child was in middle school. They had been divorced for years. Right after report cards came out, his ex-wife showed up at his door, complained to him about their son’s grades, and then hauled off and punched him in the face! Then she went to her lawyer and filed for an emergency restraining order against him! Fortunately, that didn’t work.” —Anne Mitchell, Esq., lawyer in Boulder, CO

The one where a makeover made a difference

“We had a client who had been verbally abused and manipulated by her husband—a remarkably sad moment for all of our partners as we could see she had lost faith in herself. We collectively gave her a makeover with new dresses, makeup, shoes and more. It lifted her spirits and boosted her confidence tremendously. The look on her husband’s face when she walked into his deposition looking like a supermodel was priceless. Feeling newly empowered, she was able to take the steps to face her husband in court and ultimately prevail in the proceedings.” Felicia R. Meyers, partner at at Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers in Los Angeles, CA

The one where the wife was on an emotional roller coaster

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“Several years ago I represented a dad in a divorce and custody case. They were fighting over custody: the dad wanted joint custody and mom wanted full custody. During the course of the divorce, the mom got progressively more aggressive. In the beginning, she sent me a private Facebook message begging me to drop the divorce and to convince the dad that this was the wrong decision for the family. Then she started making wild accusations of abuse and even filed a police report saying that the dad had tried to run her off the road during one of the exchanges with the kids. Ultimately, the judge did not believe her and we ended up settling on joint custody.” —Gabriel Cheong, Esq., from the Infinity Law Group LLC in Boston, MA

The one where ‘everything went wrong’

One of my clients had a ‘perfect storm’ of a divorce: Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Her husband had been in anger management therapy for months but when the time came for couples counseling, he never showed up at the appointment. The next day, she received a notice to report to the police station, and so she went with her 3-year-old child. Imagine her surprise when she was placed under arrest for assault, when in reality, she had been protecting herself from his drunken abusive assault. The police didn’t listen, and once she was released from jail, she learned she couldn’t go home due to a restraining order, and her husband had transferred all of the money out of their joint accounts and canceled her credit cards. By the time she hired me, she was already in the process the civil case (where her husband claimed she was abusive) and the divorce case. We discovered that he had created a fake Facebook account with her name, and was posting sexually explicit photos and sharing them with her friends and family. A break in the case happened when he was caught drinking and driving. Ultimately, she was awarded full custody of their daughter, but not before paying $100,000 in legal fees and three years of stress.” —Morghan Leia Richardson, Esq at Richardson Legal PLLC in Astoria, New York

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