My exwife’s legal fees, totalling close to $200,000 has been largely supplied by her mother.
Her mother and father spent 17 years in divorce court. One rich doctor sueing another rich doctor. As a consequence, her father had little access to his three daughters aged seven, ten, and twelve, resulting in his estrangement from his children. How painful is that?
He went on to remarry and now has two sons. This reminds of the advice I received from a psychiatrist “Mr. Marshall find another woman and have another baby.”
He did, I won’t. I love my son and I intend to be part of his life.
I mention this to show the family history of divorce. Even wealthy people are not immune to the terrible strains that the legal system puts on families. An adversarial system that leaves children as victims and lawyers rich. Can you imagine the legal fees for a seventeen year divorce? It’s a lawyers dream. Near the end my exwife’s father told me “It’s strictly a financial matter now.”
Now I have to ask myself, it’s been seven years already for me, do I have another ten years to go? Probably.
Here’s a joke: A used car salesman and a lawyer jump off a cliff. Which one hits the ground first? Answer: Who cares, it’s a used car salesman and a lawyer!
I’m a used car salesman and I feel my profession is unfairly characterized by society. My profession never caused family breakup or finacial ruin. I think you can guess how I feel about lawyers. The joke works better with two lawyers.