13 January 2006

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (48)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of the Associated Press (from Wednesday, January 4; link good at time of posting):
Sally Erickson and David Renzie thought they had the secret to marital bliss. But the eccentric list of demands outlined in their prenuptial agreement, which included mandatory backrubs and a $5 fee for nagging, still couldn't save their marriage.

Now Erickson, 61, is suing Renzie, 62, for allegedly divorcing her in secret more than two years ago, according to Seminole County court records.

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Despite their carefully laid plans, Renzie decided to call it quits 3½ months into the marriage. Erickson was served notice of the divorce suit six days later, which she acknowledges, but she says in court pleadings that Davidson then intentionally misled her, saying he had dropped the whole thing.

Renzie apparently had a change of heart for a while and the case stalled for 1½ years. Then, in February 2003, he asked for a default judgment in his favor and got it.

Court documents show Erickson was absent. She claims she never even knew about the divorce.

Renzie has not contested Erickson's claim. Last month, serving as his own attorney, he filed paperwork asking the judge to throw out the divorce.

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