Going through a divorce is something most people wouldn’t even wish on their worst enemy. It’s absolutely horrible. A marriage begins with love, partnership, and good intentions, and then things get so bad that one (or both) people stop loving each other and want out. It’s hard on both people, it’s hard on their kids, it’s hard on everybody in their orbit, and it takes years to get over. That says nothing of the many formalities and hellish paperwork divorcing couples have to go through. They endure thanks to the help of divorce lawyers, who then witness all the last grasps of nastiness. Some divorce lawyers recently got on Ask Reddit to talk about the most horrible things they ever saw splitting couples due to each other, purely out of spite.
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, he 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.
Story from my parents who are lawyers. 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.
She took the cats. He wanted the cats. Looked like courts would give him the cats. She had the cats put down.