Did you read the blog post I wrote inspired by the Japanese drama I was addicted to, "Divorce Chaser"? It was a good one analyzing a some of the differences between Japanese and American concepts in the world of family law. On that drama, the attorney has a woman in his employ who's a private investigator, often following clients' philandering spouses and gathering information to show wrong doing. This isn't so different from what a lot of private investigators in America do as well; we've all seen the show "Cheaters", right?
So, we found the proper venue for our divorce complaint, helping a woman divorce her husband who is in prison. This probably resembles the process that Steve Avery's first wife went through after Avery's wrongful conviction for rape in 1985. Crushed under the weight of raising four young children on her own, and attempting to maintain a relationship with an inmate who was often shuffled from facility to facility, became more than their marriage could bear.
So, by now, unless you've been living under a rock or in a cave on a remote island, you've heard of the NetFlix documentary "Making a Murderer". The docu-series follows the tribulations and trial of Steve Avery, who was wrongfully convicted in 1985 for a rape and assault, exonerated after 18 years in prison in 2003, and then arrested for murder two short years after his release.
Divorces are really hard. That decision is the proverbial stone in a pond: the ripple effects are felt by many others, not just you. Your kids, in-laws, friends, maybe even your co-workers will feel the sting, and it can be a long and emotionally exhausting process. But this isn't an experience reserved for the young. Interestingly, a lot more people are divorcing later in life, as well. They're called "silver splitters". They may not have kids in the home anymore, so issues of child support and visitation aren't a consideration, right?