Divorce is one of those scenarios where you can’t really blame the other person for trying to get as much as they can. It’s human nature – if you and your soon-to-be ex truly hate each and don’t have any kids to worry about, why wouldn’t you try to dick them over as hard as possible? It’s like finding a wallet belonging to your worst enemy with $500 on the ground, then returning it to the dude only to have them punch you in the face. Yeah you did the right thing, but that black eye sure would feel better if you had $500 to wipe away your tears with.
One clever Redditor, FinestTreesInDa7Seas, understands that there are no rules when it comes to nasty divorces. According to him, his friend was in the midst of a divorce where the wife was trying to get anything and everything out of him, including a cabin situated on a private island in Canada. Owned by the family for over four generations, the property was “easily” worth over $3 million and all of the grandchildren had agreed not to sell it despite receiving several private offers:
The family was notified by her lawyer that she was requesting payment to buy her out of her 1/6th ownership (each sibling owning 1/3rd, and she was trying to claim half of her husband’s share). They tried to discuss a few alternatives, such as giving her a 1/6th right to usage, but no ownership. She declined, apparently intent on forcing them to sell it (knowing none of them could afford to front the money to their brother to keep the cabin in their ownership).
Not wanting to let the wife win, the family’s lawyer went to work trying to find a solution. After scouring through documents on documents, he finally discovered that the divorcing brother did not in fact own any part of the island with the cabin on it – instead the grandfather had bought a bunch of other smaller islands near the cabin and willed them to his grandchildren separately. The brother going through the divorce therefore only owned a small nearby island, made up of rocks and gravel; completely worthless, in other words.
With this discovery in hand, they set to work on dicking over the wife as hard as possible:
Not wanting to give her anything at all, they made her an offer (attempting to look like they were giving her more than she deserved, and with the appearance of being desperate to keep ownership of the cabin), to give her 75% usage rights of “the island”, for 25 years, with no ownership. In the offer, they named the worthless island by its legal land title name. She made a counter offer, which was identical, but she wanted to add her rights to rent the island out for profit, and she wanted choice over her time allocation, which she drafted in the offer. They agreed. Apparently her new boyfriend was more interested in the cabin than the money.
They mailed her a set of keys for “the cabin” (they were keys for a master lock for their lifejacket storage box on the dock at shore), as well as a fake key with a bright-yellow floating foam keychain, to give her the impression that there would be a boat available to get to the island.
The family managed to keep quiet until the divorce was finalized. Believing she was now a proud 1/6th owner of a cabin on a private island, the ex-wife invited her family (and new boyfriend) out for a long weekend at the cabin. Driving 250 miles, the ex was then greeted by the family’s lawyer and the divorced sibling’s father:
The whole thing was planned by their lawyer, who I am fairly good friends with as well. He tells me that her family was stranded on the island for hours, as they hired a barge to ferry them over, and they waited until the barge left before going over the details of what she agreed to.
He says she attempted legal action once more after that, accusing the family of fabricating the will after the fact. Apparently her lawyer dropped the case before it even started.
As the great Will Ferrell once said…
…oh wait. She can’t.