Divorces are rarely pleasant, but some couples have a great deal of difficulty interacting with each other in anything resembling a civil manner as they face the end of their marriages. In these cases, it can be difficult to know what is legally permissible and how to handle the limbo that comes with the divorce process. In one such example, a divorcing couple garnered national media attention after the man ended up kicked out of the house and camping on the front lawn because he refused to leave.
The 69-year-old man's wife reportedly filed for divorce in June of this year after telling the man to leave and changing the locks on their home in March. The 61-year-old woman also reportedly asked police to force the man to leave the property, but because the divorce proceedings were ongoing and the house was in both of their names, officers could not force the man to leave his own yard.
Neighbors expressed sympathy for the man, offering him a place to stay and bringing him food. This prompted the wife to put up signs at the house asking people not to feed him or bring anything on to the property. While the man claimed that he refused to leave because of his emotional attachments to the million-dollar property, there were also allegations that he had been the perpetrator of domestic violence against his wife.
The standoff came to an end, however, when the family court judge signed the papers granting the couple their divorce and ruling that the woman be allowed to keep the house. When the paperwork was signed, authorities showed up and the man agreed to leave by taxi without incident.
Source: USA Today, "Divorce standoff at million-dollar home ends," Kevin Reece, Oct. 09, 2015