It’s truly unfortunate, but in a divorce, some people play games. They do things that unfortunately escalate the costs. One of those games is that someone files for divorce and they cut off their dependent spouse. I often write letters to people. If I represent the spouse who’s the stay-at-home partner and needs the monies from the other spouse, I write a letter before the divorce starts telling them, “Please don’t cut your spouse off because a court will require you to continue to support them.” Despite those letters, people still engage in their own self-help. Courts don’t like self-help and when that happens, we react. We file our applications to the court and when I do that I warn people that cut their spouses off, “I’m going to ask for counsel fees because it’s inappropriate, it’s wrong, and it should not be tolerated,” but it is a very common phenomenon.

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