Divorced, But Still Living Together?

For most couples, divorce is emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially draining. All you want is to get away from your soon-to-be-ex-spouse…However, sometimes it doesn’t work out that way and that’s where a judge and the legal system come in. In this age of Internet rumors and urban legends, it’s hard to believe that some of these crazy divorce stories or settlements are true, but in fact, we’ve found a good one. The New York Times reported back in 2007 that Williamsburg, Brooklynite, Orthodox Jewish couple Pinchs and Nechama Gold were forced to split their 3,000 square foot home as they went through a brutal divorce.

Let’s just say after the judge handed down his ruling, things got intense in the Gold household. First of all, the Golds had two weeks to decide on where a wall should go to divide the property, and if they didn’t decide within that time, the court would decide for them. Though they seemed happy at the time of marriage 21 years prior and even had five children, things turned ugly fast. The wife, Nechama Gold, claimed that her husband verbally abused her and the children, and she wanted nothing more than for him to leave the house. Not so, said the judge.

The wife, Nechama Gold, claimed that her husband would blow out their Shabbos candles purely out of spite. Pinchs, the husband, refuted this claim and added two of his own: she hid his heart medications from him and made him sleep in the dining room for two years. So what happened? Nechama ended up taking a larger portion of the house, 700 square feet more, because the children live with her. The husband’s brother jokingly referred to the division as “The Divorce Wall,” and so did the media.

Now let’s switch gears and fast forward to 2013 and Seville, Spain. Though we are halfway across the world in this story, it reads pretty much the same. A Spanish judge ordered a divorcing couple to split their 2,700 square foot apartment into two sections. The reason? The judge said it is best for the couple’s financial situation and for the child’s small daughters. The wife inhabits the upstairs and the husband the downstairs.

These quirky yet kind-of-horrific divorce stories remind us that it can be worse when it comes to divorce. Before putting yourself in front of a judge and going to these drastic measures, it’s best to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the ins and outs of divorce proceedings. Perhaps mediation could be a better solution for a couple, where compromise is involved. Or if the divorce turns bitter, than protecting yourself with an excellent lawyer is highly recommended.

At Fields and Dennis, we treat our clients with the utmost respect during the difficult time of divorce. We understand that an entire family is often involved, and it is crucial to protect the interests of the children. Please contact us today if you are looking for a trusted and strategic Massachusetts divorce lawyer.

Based on this Huffpost article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/weird-divorce_0_n_3936094.html

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