Last month he tried to get a HELOC to pay off property he bought before marriage. I found out told my lawyer.
We have a court date on the 15th of November to freeze marital accounts. 3 days after receiving notice of the court date he killed one of our cats.
Waited until my son and I left the house for work and when we came home the cat was gone. His story is he took her to some vet in jersey and had her euthanized.
My son and I were devastated. There was no discussion about this happening. I don't believe his story.
I think he went into a rage and killed the cat and then got rid of her. My 3 other cats were freaking out when we got home.
I told my lawyer so he sent a letter asking for the name of the vet and a receipt for the procedure.
That was yesterday. We both know there is no vet and no receipt. He knows I know this and is pissed I'm calling him out on it.
So yesterday I get home from work and he calls sprint and has my phone shut off, says he's going to cancel my car insurance also.
Then he gets right up in my face and says I better stop having my lawyer send him letters or the remainder of my time living here will be miserable.
So my question is this: he opened an account with our sons name on it. It was opened with 30k and is now down to 7k last week.
Can my son withdraw 5k so we can move out? How much trouble will he get in? Not sure if my son will do that. He's afraid of his dad also. My son is 18 btw.
I have 1,000 to my name. I sm a self employed house cleaner, I just put an ad in the paper to get more houses and now have no phone for people to call. I plan on going to sprint today and opening my own account.
The only other option I can think of right now is stay put call the police if he comes at me and possibly get him out of the house with a PO.
Any suggestions would be helpful. I sent a letter to my lawyer last night updating him on the situation but don't expect to hear from him until next week.
Listen, I'm sure others will get on here with additional advice, but...
I think you need to make a police report. Like now.
You didn't say, but I'm assuming the cat was ok - that there would have been no reason to euthanize it.
That is some scary behavior - even scarier assuming he did kill it himself. But even if he didn't, even if the story about the vet is true... that is... just wow. It makes me afraid for you and your son.
And he has threatened you. Yes, it sounds like he was careful not to make threats about hurting you (again, I'm assuming), but he is being abusive.
Please talk to someone at a local women's shelter. You should get better advise there.
But the police report is important. You need to establish a pattern of behavior to help with getting a PO.
As far as the money - your lawyer is the one who can answer this for you. Personally, though... if your son would do it, I would say that he should take out the money, open an account at another bank, and put all of the money there. If there is money in any accounts you have access to, you should do the same. Don't spend any yet (other than for normal living expenses). The idea is to stop your STBX from spending/hiding it from you, but you can then show the court that you weren't trying to take it, just protect it until the accounts could be frozen.
But again - make sure your lawyer agrees with that.
And talk to a shelter. You may need to get out, and they can help with that. Try to find somewhere else for the rest of the cats to go for now.
Finally, ask your lawyer about getting an emergency PO and getting him out of the house. I would think what he has done so far might be enough to get it.
I'm trying to think long term here. Hard to do right now though. I have an al-anon meeting today at 11 figure I will ask if anyone has rental property available.
I would like him to leave but I can't get the what ifs to stop playing in my head. What if I stay in the home and he shuts everything off? What if they can't make him leave.
Oh Lord, please do this!
This man is dangerous. He has threatened your life and the life of your son, you just are too traumatized to see it. You two are next.
Call any friends & relatives you have in your area and tell them what's going on. You need to be protected. Do exactly what the women at the DV shelter said to do.
This is extremely serious. Get up right now & please protect yourself & your son. Go to the police, file the report, get a protection order.
Keep us posted. I'm adding you to my prayers.
As I'm sure you were advised, you are in a 'dangerous' time period right now. When abusers begin losing control of a situation, they tend to flip their shit. So be overly cautious with yourself and your son.
I have no idea of the technical legalities of it, but I do know that if I were in your situation I would take the $5K out immediately. And tell my L that I did it and why. I would feel that I needed that money to protect myself -- especially if he had already shut off my phone and threatened to cancel my car insurance.
Please be safe and watch your back.
[This message edited by gonnabe2016 at 10:56 AM, November 2nd (Saturday)]
In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.
Treat him as such.
Protect your family and yourself by every means available.
Her: WW/57 Me: BS/63 24yrs M
3 great kids, now 22, 20, 17 b,b,g
D-Day 8/14/08, D 1/13/11
When I was a kid, my friends had a father who did awful things with animals in front of them. They are traumatized as adults with nightmares and anxiety and other things.
I was a visitor at the house but never had a clue. Please, protect yourself and son from this man...in whatever way you can.
Do the police know about him?
When I told the police here of some things Perv did, it got Perv to back off quite a bit and change his tune a little bit.
I'd be worried about you going to the house alone and wish that someone could stay with you or you could stay with someone...and I'm a cat person and sooo sad for your loss.
I had a family member who had to fight for her dog during a D. It should not be so.
A person is a person, no matter how small. -Dr. Suess
Perserverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.
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Went to police they said there's no proof he hurt the cat . I have no marks on me and if we are already divorcing I should just leave .
I am safe for the weekend trying to figure out next week. My friend said I could stay with her. My son is refusing to leave if I go stay with her . He's 18 almost 19.
I got a new phone today at sprint in my name. Had to buy a new one unless he gave permission to release old phone and number. I will be contacting clients with new number.
Sent another email to my lawyer hoping he's a work addict and checks his emails on weekends.
Plan on selling my stand mixer, deep fryer and anything else on craigslist. Also my wedding rings have to get them appraised I guess. Maybe worth 3,000.
Get a night job in addition to cleaning houses and go stay with my friend. Not sure if mace is legal in PA but she has some I can use.
This is not the dream new beginning I saw for myself. Hoping God will open more doors for me if I take this action.
Didn't make it to my meeting but called people and got stuff done. Waiting on the PFA for now have to go to courthouse Monday.
Thank you so much for your posts.
I worry about your son. Would he have a friend he can stay with for a bit? That's a really vulnerable age to be dealing with this.
You said an emergency PO would be valid until Monday. Did they explain the process for extending it? The shelter will be able to give you a contact or advocate who is someone that will be at the court and can explain the system to you and stand there with you for free. That's their job. Each state differs on the laws but all have advocates.
[This message edited by rainagain at 10:13 PM, November 2nd (Saturday)]
Hoping somehow I can get ex out of the house and my son and I stay in the home until divorce is final. I know I'm dreaming but that would be the least turmoil and maybe get the divorce settled quicker.
If I leave and stay with friends the other cats will stay here until I get a place of my own. Not sure if that will factor into my ability to stay in the home. For the safety of the other animals .
My son says I'm blowing this out of proportion and dad just had one of his episodes and is better now . So sad , this is his normal.
He knows it always happens again though there is always a next time.
Anyone manage to stay in the house and get their ex out? I don't want the house after the divorce. Also could he be court ordered to give me some money to move before divorce is final? I will be asking my lawyer this when he calls.
I agree with the others about all signs here.
Do not let the police 'advise' you on this matter. When my ex broke into my house and stole the dog, I called the police to file a report. Since we weren't divorced yet, the policeman told me that I was acting childish. I told him I wanted a police report to document the damage, the missing animal, and the text messages I received. I didn't care what he 'thought' beyond that.
This man is dangerous. I hope your L will get some shit moving for you and get him the fuck out of your house.