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Forged Documents Complicate the Situation for a Divorcing Couple

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2019 | Divorce

Forged documents complicate the situation for a divorcing couple in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside or Vista.  Imagine that you are a service member in one of the branches of the United States armed forces and are currently deployed.  On top of worrying about yourself, you’re also thinking about the divorce papers that were recently sent to you by your spouse. Although this compounds on the stress you’re already feeling, you think that your soon-to-be ex has everything under control and you start paying child support for your children back home.

But it isn’t until after your lawyer requests divorce papers from the courts that you realize everything is not as it seems. It’s at this point that you realize you are still married and that the divorce papers you thought had finalized your divorce were actually forged.  Now on top of the stress of a deployment and a divorce, you must deal with the emotions associated with your ex-spouse’s upcoming criminal trial as well.

While this scenario might seem like something right out of a fictional story, some of our San Diego County readers might be surprised to learn that this actually happened to a deployed Army ranger in Spanaway, Washington. And just like the scenario suggests, he too is dealing with some rather mixed emotions because of his wife’s deception.

Forged documents complicate the situation for a divorcing couple in North County San Diego. Just like in our scenario above, the deployed Army ranger learned that his wife had forged signatures on the divorce documents she had sent him. But even though the divorce was not legal, the man was led to believe that it was finalized.  It’s because of this that he began paying child support as well as other expenses such as cable bills and child care for the couple’s three children.

Even though the divorce was granted in November, the onset of criminal charges against his ex-wife might cause the soldier to rethink the current child custody arrangement. It’s possible that a conviction could lead to custody modifications as well, which would mean even more litigation.  But some of our California readers might consider this to be in the best interest of the children, which is what should be considered in situations just like this.