In one of the more extreme divorce stories you will ever hear, a man's ex-wife hired a maintenance worker to kill him. The plot failed, and the man's ex-wife was arrested in July 2012 for trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband. Possibly in a more stunning twist though, the woman still has retained custody of their 8-year-old daughter.
The ex-husband is furious and has filed a motion to have custody changed over to him. Still, the twists keep coming. The daughter is "linked to a $50 million fund" according to police, making her custody very valuable. The divorced spouses have been involved in a very contentious split that first began in 2009, when the husband filed for divorce after six years of marriage. Since then, their divorce has required no less than 180 rulings and motions.
Obviously, this is a very bitter and destructive divorce, and these are the types of stories that make for great print and splashy headlines. However, it is important to remember that this is not even close to what a typical divorce is like. Even if you take out the extraordinary hit man aspect of this divorce, it is still an uncommon split. Most divorces are handled far more efficiently, as the splitting spouses realize they just want to get this over with and move on with their lives.
Child custody can be a tough matter to deal with, but usually the splitting spouses can agree joint custody before the issue goes to court.
Source: Huffington Post, "Conn. Dad Seeks Custody After Ex-Wife Allegedly Hired A Hitman To Kill Him," Dave Collins, AP, March 3, 2014