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scooby81
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Any legal recourse for a friend in bad situation
      #775638 - 01/26/12 02:46 PM

I'm watching 2 friends going through a very messy divorce and he seems to really be trying to tear her down. Here is the situation:
1) They reached a financial settlement where she was paid out in a one time lump sum.
2) They never formally divorced, but got back together while legally separated.
3) They blew through all of the settlement money together. Expensive vacations, deposit on new car, new house, etc.
4) Once she was out of money, he finalized the divorce and booted her out.

It seems that his entire plan was to bleed her dry of all of her settlement money and then boot her out so that she would end up homeless.

Does she have any recourse here? Does them getting back together and spending the money somehow allow her to re-address that issue in the courts?

Granted, she was an idiot for taking this deal and then not keeping the money safe, until at least the legal separation ended. But it seems like the reconciliation and him helping her spend the money should give her some relief, if not invalidate the deal altogether.

Again, they are both my friends and I am an outsider to the situation. The last place I want to be is in the middle, but I feel bad for her. She's also got some serious medical issues going on. It really seems like he wants her to just curl up and die.


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Re: Any legal recourse for a friend in bad situation [Re: scooby81]
      #775654 - 01/26/12 07:07 PM

Colorado has dissolution of marriage and legal separation, which is like divorce except that the parties remain married. The facts you give don't fit any legal scenario.

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Re: Any legal recourse for a friend in bad situation [Re: Renny]
      #775685 - 01/26/12 10:46 PM

I'm not sure what you mean. They were legally separated when he gave her the lump sum, then asked her to move back, then helped her spend it all. He then filed the papers for divorce and kicked her out. I'm not sure how my first post doesn't match legal separation followed by divorce.

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Re: Any legal recourse for a friend in bad situation [Re: scooby81]
      #775689 - 01/26/12 11:28 PM

[quote]I'm not sure what you mean. They were legally separated when he gave her the lump sum, then asked her to move back, then helped her spend it all. He then filed the papers for divorce and kicked her out. I'm not sure how my first post doesn't match legal separation followed by divorce. [/quote]

There is no legal separation in CO in the sense you are using it. No waiting period. You either get divorced or get a legal separation for religious reasons. Let's say they got a legal separation and lived back together. It's as if they had divorced and lived together again. What happened is analogous to her meeting a handsome gambler in las Vegas and spending all her money. His motives are irrelevant. She should get her head examined. The money is gone.


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Re: Any legal recourse for a friend in bad situation [Re: Renny]
      #775693 - 01/27/12 01:35 AM

no argument there.

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Re: Any legal recourse for a friend in bad situation [Re: scooby81]
      #778236 - 02/22/12 10:54 AM

her only recourse is to get a clue. hopefully sooner than later.

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