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Getting a divorce? Don’t try to skirt the notification procedure

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2019 | Divorce

Nobody looks forward to telling their spouse that they want a divorce — but one Texas husband took a rather extreme route of avoidance altogether that’s now landed him in serious legal trouble.

Instead of notifying his wife that he wanted out of the marriage, the 51-year-old Houston resident decided to simply forge her signature (and forge the signature of a notary) on paperwork agreeing to the split.

One of the documents he forged was a waiver from his wife that allowed him to skip normal notification procedures. It was a move that initially achieved his goals. With a flick of a pen, the judge presiding over the case dissolved the union.

Then, his wife heard the news. While it isn’t clear how she discovered that she’d been divorced without her say-so on the matter, the wife promptly contacted the police and the marriage was reinstated. Now, the police are looking to arrest the husband for forging court documents and making false statements under oath.

The worst part of the situation is that there’s really no reason to go to such lengths to obtain a divorce in this day and age. Texas law allows for a “no-fault” divorce — which means that nobody has to stay locked into a unhappy marriage forever. The only other reason a spouse might resort to trickery is to try to cheat the other spouse out of a fair share of the marital assets — but deception never makes a friend of the court.

If you’re ready to end your marriage, the most important step you can take is to talk to an experienced divorce attorney. Learn more about our services for people facing complex property or support issues by exploring our site further or contacting us directly.