Nothing brings out the worst in humanity like a divorce—and, if you ask us, it seems like these were terrible people to begin with. From disturbing revenges to unbelievable pettiness, these divorce horror stories are the definition of “toxic.”

1. Spread It Out

I represented one guy who was on his second marriage. He had lost his first wife to cancer. He and his kids were devastated. My client was a sensitive guy with a big heart. His second wife was charming, which was why he fell for her, but it was all a facade. Then my client met a very affectionate woman during his case.

They really hit it off and were basically engaged even though his divorce was far from over. The fiancée started having health issues and was diagnosed with a form of terminal cancer. Then the ex-wife tried to use the diagnosis against my client in court—and what she said was seriously ridiculous. Her crazy theory was that he had caused his first wife’s cancer.

She accused him of doing the same thing to his new girlfriend. The second wife’s attorney refused to be a part of her theory. The attorney never addressed her argument in court and didn’t even mention it during testimony. Rather, he informed the judge that his client wished to address the court directly about an issue.

The judge allowed it, and the second wife shared her wild theory adding that she was certain my client had tried to give her cancer as well. I wish I had an artist’s rendering of the scene capturing the second wife’s crazy eyes, her attorney’s shame and embarrassment, the judge’s confusion, and my awe-inspired disgust.


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