In New York, a woman who had just lost her husband was confronted with
the news that he had divorced her eight years earlier, without her knowing.
Apparently, he had filed the divorce papers in secret in order to remove
her from benefiting from his pension and life insurance. The couple, V.D.
and D.D., had been married for over 30 years before he died from natural
causes. He was 65 at the time of his death and worked as a janitor for
the Columbia University.
After his death, V.D. was going through her husband's possessions and
papers. She was extremely confused when he found a paper which said that
her husband filed for divorce in 2002. According to the papers, she had
"abandoned" him because of financial issues and moved to Canarsie
in Brooklyn. The reason this confused her so much was because not only
had she never signed any divorce papers, but they had lived happily together
up until his death.
With the help of a lawyer, V.D. was able to prove that the
divorce papers were forged. With his help, she was able to receive both the life
insurance and the pension benefits. Her actions were contested by her
deceased husband's children from a previous marriage. If the divorce
had been legitimate, they could have been able to receive the benefits
of their father's estate.
It is cases like these which show the need for skilled and experienced
legal representation. If you are currently facing a child custody, divorce,
spousal support, or equitable distribution case, you need to ensure that
you have a strong legal advocate on your side. Please, do not hesitate
to contact our team at
The Law Offices of Adelola Sheralynn Dow. We have years of experience in this area of law and will fight to protect
your best interests.